Hailed by the Calgary Herald as “outstanding”, having “beauty of tone and a wonderfully flexible phrasing”, as well as “perfect intonation” and “meltingly seductive” melodies, Sara Hahn is currently the Principal Flutist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Her orchestral career was kick-started with an extensive three-week tour of Japan and Hong Kong with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2002. Shortly thereafter she held a short-term position of Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and ultimately accepted her post with the Calgary Philharmonic in 2006.
As a soloist, Sara has performed throughout Canada, the United States and Brazil as a guest of the Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival in 2007. She recently performed the Chaminade Concertino with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim, and is looking forward to a world premiere performance in December 2015 of a flute concerto by Canadian composer, Arthur Bachmann again with the CPO. In 2013 she was asked to be a featured MainStage artist at the first Canadian Flute Convention, and locally she has been a featured soloist with the Kensington Sinfonia, the University of Lethbridge, and the Instrumental Society of Calgary. She has also recently been asked to join the newly formed Wild West New Music Ensemble with local conductor (and former Associate Conductor of the CPO) Melanie Leonard.
Sara has been honoured with several awards for her solo flute performances, including 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 the age of seventeen. In 2005, Sara 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.
Quite active as a flute teacher and coach across Canada for almost two decades, Sara’s 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 at the University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, and McGill. Sara is proud to be a co-founder and active member of the Green Banana Flute Studios, an innovative teaching and performing collaboration dedicated to creative endeavours, giving back to the community and educating and encouraging the next generation of flutists.
She graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, receiving a Bachelor in Music Performance under internationally renowned flutist, Susan Hoeppner.