Sarah Tiedemann


An accomplished flutist hailed for her rich tone and fierce command of the instrument, Sarah Tiedemann has carved out a unique and varied career as a performing artist. Currently serving as Second Flute/Piccolo in the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and Principal Flute of the Salem Chamber Orchestra, she also performs frequently with the Oregon Symphony. In addition, Sarah has concertized throughout the United States and Europe in groups including the Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Norrkoping Symphony, and Boston Philharmonic. At Willamette University, Sarah serves as both Instructor of Flute & Aural Skills and Director of the Contemporary Ensemble. She also frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Pacific Northwest, and maintains private studios in Portland and Salem.

In 2004 Sarah's world premiere performance of Derek Jacoby's Flute Concerto was broadcast internationally on WGBH's Art of the States. The following year she was featured as piccoloist in the Swedish Radio Symphony's European broadcast of Luciano Berio's Folk Songs. Also passionate about performance art, Sarah has appeared in fully staged performances of Peter Maxwell Davies' Miss Donnithorne's Maggot. She has premiered further works by composers including Gunther Schuller, John Peel, Montserrat Torras, and Steven Snethkamp.

Sarah received a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, followed by a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory. In 2002 she was the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Performance from the U.S. Department of Education, and she then went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden on 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 Lafin headjoint, and a Hammig piccolo.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and fixing up her 100 year old house. More information about Sarah and the Willamette University Flute Studio can be found on her website, at


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