Sandra Saathoff is principal flute of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. She has developed a thriving private flute studio and is a highly sought-after clinician in the Puget Sound area and enjoys performing with local orchestral, chamber and folk ensembles and directing the flute program of the Bellevue Youth Symphony. She teaches flute and conducts the flute ensemble at Seattle Pacific University, and has served on the executive boards for the National Flute Association, Seattle Flute Society and Flutewise USA. Her teachers include Zart Dombourian-Eby, Rae Terpenning and Kim Pineda (baroque flute). Her latest interest in Irish flute includes lessons with Conal O’Grada (Ireland) and Leo Mac Namara (Seattle). She has taken the stage with flutists such as Sir James Galway, Trevor Wye, Ian Clarke and Ian Anderson and enjoys planning a variety of large scale flute events, including the 2012 NFA Convention, for which she is serving as assistant Program Chair.
Sandra received a Master of Arts from the University of Washington (focusing on flute performance and instrumental conducting) and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Philharmonic, receiving their Esther Tye Smith Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication.
Sandra’s recent and upcoming appearances include guest artist at West Virginia University’s High School Flute Camp (2011); performance at NW Folklife Festival with Kilmany (2011); Cimarosa Concerto with the Rain City Symphony (2012); World premiere of A Song for Our Planet by Mollicone (2012); and presenter at WSMTA conference at WWU (2012). She coordinated the NW Flute and Piccolo Forum and served on its faculty in 2011. Sandra is a contributor to The Pedagogy Project and Flute Talk magazine.