Sarah Schneider Busman is a Master of Music graduate of the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland where she received the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Orchestral Scholarship. A native of Tennessee, Sarah got her Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University where she was named the McLean School of Music’s Wright Music Scholar in 2006.
As a performer, Sarah has played with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and the Moscow Ballet’s Maryland Nutcracker pit orchestra. Currently, Sarah serves as the principal flutist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Carolina Philharmonic. In February 2012, Sarah performed as the guest principal flutist of the Amman Symphony in Jordan. She also acts as one third of the Baltimore-based woodwind trio fourth corner. While at Peabody, she was the principal flutist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the top performing ensemble at the Conservatory. She also can be heard on the Christmas album, A Rite for Advent, released in December 2010.
Sarah has worked with a number of flutists including Emmanuel Pahud, Marina Piccinini, Bradley Garner, Paula Robison, Tadeau Coehlo, Alexa Still, and Trevor Wye, as well as her primary teachers Dr. Deanna Little and Ms. Emily Skala. Sarah has received many honors, including being selected to compete in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 2008. Most recently, Sarah placed second in the Mid South Flute Festival’s 2011 Young Artist Competition. She has also placed in the Kentucky Flute Society Collegiate Competition and the Cincinnati Flute Symposium Competition, and she was the regional winner of the MTNA Young Artist Competition.
Sarah has extensive experience in teaching and has taught private lessons to elementary, middle, and high school students in her home state, as well as to college students as the Applied Flute Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex. While at CCBC, she also taught an Instrumental Repertoire class to all music majors. Currently, Sarah is the adjunct flute professor at the University of Carolina at Pembroke. As a teacher, Sarah believes in using classical training in tone and technical development to create an enriched musical personality that allows each student to bring his or her own interpretation to each piece. She also introduces theoretical and historical information to lessons in order to further understand each piece and give each student the tools to be truly well-rounded. These elements are put into practice in her current home studio in Durham. Sarah presented Engaging the Young Listener, a lecture targeting young students in the concert hall, at the Mid South Flute Festival. She also judged the High School Solo competition at the Mid South Flute Festival and was the high school masterclass presenter at the Raleigh Area Flute Association’s 2010 flute fair.
Sarah currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband Joshua and her hound dog, Foster.