Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, flutist Sarah Haines is currently pursuing her Masters in Music at the New England Conservatory studying with Cynthia Meyers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in venues around Boston such as the Boston Public Library, Paramount Theater, Harvard University, and Jordan Hall, and plays in a flute-saxophone duo with Tsz Kit Lau. Sarah has also studied with Jill Felber and Brooks de Wetter-Smith, and has performed in masterclasses for several notable pedagogues including Elizabeth Rowe, Paula Robison, Jim Walker, Denis Bouriakov, and Bonita Boyd. Sarah is a 2019 Texas Music Festival Orchestra Fellow and has also participated in summer programs such as Orford Musique and the Aria International Summer Academy.
In 2016, Sarah studied in Vienna, Austria at the Institute for the International Education of Students. Her musical endeavors have also taken her to perform at the White House and in Russia as a member of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra who she soloed with as a winner of the CYSO Concerto Competition. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was an active performer with ensembles such as the UNC Symphony Orchestra, UNC Wind Ensemble, Triangle Youth Ballet, and Charanga Carolina.
At UNC, Sarah was involved in the music outreach program, Musical Empowerment, through which she gave free lessons to students from low-income families. While taking a gap year before starting her Masters, Sarah freelanced in Los Angeles where she volunteered with Monday Night Mission, a group that feeds the homeless on Skid Row every weekday. This experience prompted her to think more about how her life in music could help people who struggle to access basic human needs. “Musicians have a special opportunity to connect with people in a way that can benefit the greater community, and Music for Food provides a platform to take action in this way.”