Sarah Carrier is a Brooklyn-based flutist dedicated to exploring the instrument's sonic and affective potentials through color, space, and media. As a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and researcher, she is also highly involved with the study of issues of embodiment and discipline in the context of musical performance. As a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, she is currently undertaking research in the emergent intersections of lineage, aesthetics, and discipline with gendered, racial, and performing bodies in the present-day practice of the flute masterclass.
As a performer, Sarah has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Perelman), National Sawdust, The Stone, Le Poisson Rouge, Walt Disney Hall, Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, and Issue Project Room and can be heard on Centaur Records on composer Sunny Knable’s album American Variations. In conjunction with the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program, Sarah performs the works of the young composers at Brooklyn's P.S. 39 and Manhattan's P.S. 165. She has also performed for the Bridge Program at Lincoln Center.
Sarah is a member of the Parhelion Trio, an all-female NYC-based flute, clarinet, and piano ensemble that aims to reach diverse audiences through innovative programming. The trio recently performed in the inaugural season of National Sawdust in a program curated by Daniel Felsenfeld. They have also performed along Wildshore Ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of a series curated by ETHEL string quartet. Through the Flute and Clarinet Duo Consortium, The Parhelion Trio commissioned a work by Pierre Jalbert in 2016. The Parhelion Trio performed at the 2014 National Flute Association Convention in Chicago and was selected to participate in the 2015 Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes. Sarah is also a founding member of Syzygy New Music Collective, hailed as “one of 2009 most promising groups” by Sequenza21. As a member of Syzygy she has made numerous appearances on television and radio.
While a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt, she commissioned the work Kill Switch for flute, cello, percussion, and laptop by Izzi Ramkissoon, which was premiered at her M.M. degree recital and has since been performed in venues throughout New York City. Also during her studies at NYU, she performed Luminosity for C Flute, Alto Flute, and Electronics by David Taddie as a Featured Soloist of the NYU New Music Soloists Concert, resulting in an invitation to perform at the “Cross Currents” Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Penn State University, as well as the NYU Music Technology Open House. Ms. Carrier is a winner of numerous competitions such as the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, Bob Cole Conservatory Scholarship Competition, and La Primavera Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is also a recipient of the CSULB Dean’s List Award, University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and New York University Graduate Scholarship. Sarah Carrier holds an M.M. in Flute Performance from New York University under the tutelage of Robert Dick. She earned her B.M. in Flute Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach studying with John Barcellona. She has also performed for flutists Jill Felber, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Louise di Tullio, Rena Urso, Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Keith Underwood, and Bart Feller. She is currently in the D.M.A. program at C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center where she continues her studies with Robert Dick. Sarah Carrier is on faculty at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn where she teaches the Postmodern Music and Music Appreciation courses.