Sarah Pollard is a Canadian flutist from Toronto, Ontario. She began learning the flute at the age of fourteen, and after her first experiences playing in local youth bands she was hooked! She is now attending The Glenn Gould School to pursue her Artist Diploma with full scholarship under the direction of Susan Hoeppner. Sarah previously studied with Carolyn Christie (McGill University, MMus Performance), Nora Shulman and Peg Albrecht (University of Toronto, BMus Performance). An aspiring orchestral musician, Sarah was recently accepted as a fellow with the 2021 National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the 2021 Orchestra of the Americas, and the 2021 National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado (unable to attend live due to COVID-19 travel restrictions).
Sarah has performed with numerous chamber music ensembles and contemporary music ensembles, a highlight of which was performing excerpts from Boulez’s infamous Le marteau sans maître in the 2018 Ottawa Chamberfest’s New Music Now Festival. In addition to performing Sarah has a passion for teaching flute and piano, and she has been invited to coach the flutists of the Québec Youth Wind Ensemble as well as the Durham Youth Orchestra. In masterclasses and summer music academies, Sarah has most recently had the opportunity to work with renowned flutists Emmanuel Pahud, Leone Buyse, Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennett, Demarre McGill, Kelly Zimba, Joanna G’froerer, Henrik Heide, Agata Igras, Robert Langevin, Gwen Klassen (piccolo) and Claire Guimond (Baroque flute).
Aside from music, Sarah also enjoys doing yoga and pilates, and many outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, swimming, canoeing and cross country skiing.