Hailed by the Calgary Herald as “outstanding,” Sara Hahn-Scinocco is currently the Principal Flutist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to accepting her post with the Calgary Philharmonic in 2006, she performed professionally in the position of Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and completed a three-week tour of Japan and Hong Kong with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2002.
As a soloist, Hahn-Scinocco has also performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Brazil as a guest of the Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival in 2007. In 2015, she performed the Chaminade Concertino with the Calgary Philharmonic to critical acclaim. In April 2016, she performed the world premiere of “The Daughter of Elysium” by Canadian composer Arthur Bachmann, again with the Calgary Phil. In 2018 she performed another world premiere, this time written by Canadian composer Peter Togni, with fellow flutist Sarah Gieck and local choral phenom Luminous Voices under the direction of Timothy Shantz.
Awards for Hahn-Scinocco’s solo flute performances include the University of Toronto concerto competition, first place in the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competitions, and the Junior Musical Club Concerto Competition in Winnipeg, which gave her a debut performance as a soloist in front of an orchestra at age 17. In 2005, she was awarded first prize of $10,000 as the winner of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with Orchestra.
Hahn-Scinocco has been quite active as a flute teacher and coach across Canada for more than two decades. Her enthusiastic approach to sharing musical ideas and techniques have ensured that several of her private students have been accepted into both Undergraduate and Graduate programs across the country. She has been invited to teach and perform at universities throughout Canada, including Lethbridge, Calgary, and Winnipeg and was the guest artist for the Syrinx Flute Festival in 2015. Hahn-Scinocco is proud to be a co-founder and active member of the Green Banana Flute Studios, an innovative teaching and performing collaboration. See www.gbflutes.com for more details.
She graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, receiving a bachelor in music performance under internationally renowned flutist Susan Hoeppner.