Sarah Tiedemann


An accomplished flutist hailed for her rich tone and fierce command of the instrument, Sarah Tiedemann currently serves as Principal Flute of the Salem Chamber Orchestra and Second Flute/Piccolo of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. She has also performed locally with the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera, and internationally in groups including the Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Norrköping Symphony, and Boston Philharmonic.

Sarah is an experienced performer, educator, and arts administrator. She teaches at Willamette University and recently left a position as Communications & Marketing Director at Chamber Music Northwest to become Administrative & Communications Coordinator for Third Angle New Music. She also teaches clinics and adjudicates throughout the Pacific Northwest, and maintains private studios in Portland and Salem. Sarah's students regularly participate in the All-Northwest Orchestra, All-State Band and Orchestra, WIBC, Portland Youth Philharmonic and Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and have won top awards at the OSAA State Solo Competition. They have also gone on to study at renowned music schools including Oberlin Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Hartt School of Music.

A new music specialist, Sarah performs frequently with Third Angle New Music and has also been a member of Northwest New Music and Boston's Callithumpian Consort. In 2004 her world premiere performance of Derek Jacoby's Flute Concerto was broadcast internationally on WGBH's Art of the States, and she is a featured soloist on composer Jack Gabel's 2014 CD release Diameters.

Sarah received a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, followed by a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance with Honors in Performance and Academics from the New England Conservatory. The recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Performance from the U.S. Department of Education, she then went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden funded by a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and a travel grant from the American Women's Club of Sweden. Her teachers have included Michel Debost, Jeanne Baxtresser, John Heiss, Tobias Carron, and Karen Gifford. Sarah performs on a Muramatsu flute with a Rodger Young kingwood headjoint, and a Brannen piccolo.

A modern-day Renaissance woman, Sarah has managed a national congressional campaign, volunteered at an urban planning non-profit, backpacked throughout the Northwest, dabbled in acting, and studied voice with Grammy-nominated artist Valerie Day. She is also known to make a mean cappuccino. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, urban farming, and fixing up her 100-year-old house.


  • Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance, Master of Music degree in Flute Performance