Sarah Bassingthwaighte is an award-winning flutist, composer and teacher, receiving accolades in these roles in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Dr. Bassingthwaighte has served on the faculties of University of Washington, Seattle University, the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia, the Seattle Youth Symphony, Music Center of the Northwest, and was Founding Director of Affinity Chamber Players during its 13-year lifespan.
At the age of 18, she performed Jacques Ibert’s Concerto with the Seattle Symphony, and has since received numerous awards. Her solo CDs include Songs from the Caucasus, Stalks in the Breeze and Flute Meets Machine. The British journal Pan Magazine acclaims her “hypnotic and rich sound” and goes on to say “The tone quality is full of depth and power. Bassingthwaighte seems to have a particular talent for communicating the message of contemporary pieces,” which are “performed with polish and virtuosity.” A past president of the Seattle Flute Society, Sarah has been a featured lecturer and performer for the National Flute Association, and a presenter at College Music Society conferences. She actively commissions new pieces for solo flute or chamber ensembles, and has been responsible for the commission, performance, and recording of more than 30 new pieces. Dr. Bassingthwaighte is included in the Who’s Who in Music, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in America, and is featured as a composer by the Seattle Mayor’s Office.
In recent months, three of Sarah’s compositions were premiered: A Mountain Symphony for the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Voices in the Wind for flute quartet, Missing for bassist Todd Gowers, as well as the publication of Echoes of the Ancients.
She has a DMA in flute performance and an MM in composition from the University of Washington, an MM in theory and pedagogy from Central Washington University, and a BM Honors in performance from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her flute teachers include Carol Wincenc, Julius Baker, Peter Lloyd, James Pellerite, Felix Skowronek, Bonnie Blanchard and Hal Ott and her composition teachers include Richard Karpen, Diane Thome, John Mickel and Margaret Brouwer.