Sarah Brady joined the Conservatory in 2006 and is an associate professor of flute and contemporary music.
Called “enchanting” by the Boston Globe, Brady is sought after across the country as a soloist, chamber musician, and master teacher. An avid promoter of new music, she has premiered and recorded music from many of today’s top composers. Her solo, chamber, and over 40 orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale, Cantaloupe, and BMOP/sound music labels. As a leading interpreter of contemporary music, she was invited to read and record new work commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma for his Silk Road Project at Tanglewood.
As principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera, Brady can also be heard performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and Boston Lyric Opera. As a chamber musician, she has been described as “clairvoyantly sensitive” by New Music Connoisseur and has collaborated with the Fromm Players at Harvard, the Firebird Ensemble, the Radius Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Talea Ensemble, the Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, and NotaRiotous. She is a member of the Michigan-based new-music ensemble Brave New Works.
In competition, she was awarded second place in the National Flute Association's 2006 Young Artist Competition, where she also won an award for the best performance of newly commissioned work by Paul Drescher. She has been a semifinalist in the Myrna Brown Competition flute competition, Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, and Eastern Connecticut Symphony's Young Artist Competition, and she twice placed second in Boston’s prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. As a soloist, Brady enjoyed a sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya.
Brady received an M.M. and a full-tuiton scholarship from the University of Connecticut as well as an A.D. from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with famed teacher Robert Willoughby. In addition to Boston Conservatory, Brady is professor of flute at UMass Lowell and UMass Boston.
Professional Awards and Recognitions
- Grammy nomination for recording of Play by Andrew Norman (Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2015)
- Second Place (National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, 2006)
- Second Place (Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, 1999, 2001)
- Patricia Sherman Award (Longy School of Music, 2000)
- Ted Twohig Memorial Flute Scholarship (University of Connecticut, 1999–2002)
- Boston Modern Orchestra Project—Soloist for Sea Orpheus by Peter Maxwell Davies (2016)
- Quetzal Garden by Elena Ruehr, recording and world premiere—Flute (2016)
- National Flute Association Convention concerts—Soloist (2016)
As a contemporary musician, I want to help you find your path and your voice in music. By being exposed to and challenged by all styles of music, my students develop a large musical toolkit that allows them to be comfortable on any stage.