Graduate Diploma in Flute Performance, New England Conservatory (in progress); M.M. in Flute Performance, Music-in-Education Concentration, NEC; B.M. University of Washington
Seattle native Mona Sangesland enjoys a varied orchestral, chamber music, and outreach career in the Boston area and is in demand as a flute educator. Ms. Sangesland recently graduated with honors from New England Conservatory with a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance and a concentration in Music-in-Education. She has performed in leadership roles with many ensembles, including the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and Boston’s Celebrity Series. Her woodwind quintet performed in Jordan Hall and throughout the greater Boston area as part of a community outreach project designed to bring awareness of wind instruments and chamber music to local elementary schools. Her performance activities also brought her on tour with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble to Beijing in 2013.
Ms. Sangesland has traveled internationally to work with renowned artists and spent summers at the Bay View Music Festival, Orford International Academy, Flauti al Castello, the Consummate Flutist, and Pender Island Flute Retreat, where she worked with highly respected pedagogues including Jeanne Baxtresser, Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Lorna McGhee, and William Bennett. Mona is passionate about the role of music in empowering underserved communities and recently served as a music volunteer in immigrant neighborhoods near San Jose, Costa Rica. Additionally, Mona was the music director of the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil Nadu, India, where she worked with the “untouchable” communities of India’s poor.
Ms. Sangesland has been a finalist in several competitions, including the Seattle Philharmonic’s Don Bushell Concerto Competition and the University of Washington Concerto Competition. She was also the prizewinner of the 2015 Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competition and performed Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Sangesland‚Äôs activities as a performer and her dedication to education and art awareness have led her to many teaching and outreach opportunities. In addition to teaching flute students privately, Ms. Sangesland supervised sectionals and coached small chamber groups for local high schools, youth orchestras, and church orchestras. She also served on the Seattle Flute Society’s Board of Directors as the Commercial Membership Coordinator and the Secretary for their 2014 – 2015 season. She believes that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard work. She, therefore, creates a positive and encouraging environment for all students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, she tailors her teaching style to fit each student‚Äôs needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. Body awareness is important, and lessons include stretches and practice methods so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries.
Ms. Sangesland is currently pursuing her Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She studies with Paula Robison.
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