Biography

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Sarah Bassingthwaighte is an award-winning flutist, composer, and educator living in Seattle. She is the founding co-artistic director of Affinity Chamber Players, the premiere large contemporary chamber group in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to performing as a soloist, she performs regularly as a member of Sorelle, Affinity, and Windsong, and with many chamber groups.

Her solo recordings of music for flute and electronics have appeared on the Pandora, Centaur and CCMC labels, and her solo CDs, Songs from the Caucasus music for flute and piano, Stalks in the Breeze of 20th century works for flute alone, and Flute Meets Machine, music for flute and electronics, have received enthusiastic reviews, and are heard widely, from iTunes to Wikipedia.

Dr. Bassingthwaighte has served on the faculties of the University of Washington, Seattle University as Instrumental Music Director and teaching flute and chamber music, and the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia, performing and teaching master classes for their Summer Festival. She is a past president of the Seattle Flute Society and served on the programming committee for the National Flute Association in 2001. She was a featured speaker and performer at the 2001 National Flute Convention in Dallas. She is included in the Whos Who of American Women and the Whos Who of Music and Musicians.

She has worked closely with a number of composers, including Seattle composers Richard Karpen and Diane Thome, especially in the field of electroacoustic music. She actively commissions new pieces for solo flute or chamber ensembles, and has been responsible for the commission, performance, and recording of more than 25 new pieces.

Bassingthwaighte maintains an interactive Web site of works for flute and electronics (www.subliminal.org) and a personal Web site of her flute and composing activities at www.sarahbassingthwaighte.com. She has a DMA in flute performance and an MM in composition and theory from the University of Washington, an MA in theory and pedagogy from Central Washington University, and a BA in performance from Indiana University, Bloomington.