Canadian flutist Sarah (Gieck) MacDonald is a prominent freelance artist in Calgary and Southern Alberta. Sarah enjoys a varied performance career that includes orchestral, solo and chamber music. As a teacher, Sarah has been active in both Calgary and Lethbridge for well over a decade, teaching students of all levels and ages.
Sarah received her first Juno nomination as a soloist on the Luminous Voices album “Sea Dreams” released in 2020. She has performed regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since the age of 24 with experience in every position including piccolo. She has been a featured soloist with many ensembles including the Kensington Sinfonia, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Lethbridge Music at Noon Series, Cantando Festival and Luminous Voices.
Sarah’s students have gone on to successfully pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees across Canada becoming music teachers, community teachers and professional players. She has taught flute at the University of Lethbridge since 2008 and maintains a private studio in Calgary.
Sarah holds a BMus from the University of Calgary, a MMus from the Royal Northern College of Music and an ADD from the University of Cincinnati. She has studied with many of the world’s premiere flutists including Peter Lloyd, Dr. Bradley Garner, Lorna McGhee and William Bennett.