About Sorcha Barr-Deneen
Sorcha is a professional flutist and music teacher living in Silverdale, Washington. She leads masterclasses, adjudicates competitions and auditions, and performs throughout the community. She has played Flute and Piccolo with the
Steamboat Symphony Orchestra since 2019.
Sorcha earned her Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, she earned a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of California, Irvine.
At UIUC, Sorcha studied with Dr. Jonathan Keeble and performed as a member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Modern Ensemble, and the Illinois Wind Symphony. In 2018, Sorcha performed on tour with the Illinois Wind Symphony for the university’s sesquicentennial celebration, Gathering. The ensemble performed in Chicago’s Symphony Center and New York’s Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, premiering the tour’s titular work by Dominick DiOrio.
Sorcha is also a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Flute Performance and Germanic Studies. Sorcha studied with Hideko Amano before moving to Boulder,
CO to study with
While in Colorado, Sorcha performed in Pendulum New Music Concerts, premiering new works by young composers, most significantly Dr. Sara Corry, with whom Sorcha premiered Nepenthes in New York City. Sorcha performed throughout the community, including a duo recital with Dr. Corry at the Stanley Hotel, and was a youth mentor with the Colorado Young Sinfonia.
Sorcha was featured the Introductions Program of Chicago’s Classical Music Station, 98.7 WFMT for a solo performance and interview in 2012 and performed Mozart’s Concerto in D Major with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra and the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra the same year. Sorcha has placed in competitions by the Chicago Flute Club, Society of American Musicians, Colorado Flute Association, DePaul Concerto Competition and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition.
Sorcha has performed in masterclasses for renowned flutists William Bennett, Paula Robison, Lorna McGhee, Alberto Almarza, Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Aleksandr Haskin, and Patricia George, and the entire flute section of the Minnesota
Sorcha lives in Silverdale with her husband and her cat.
Seth Morris Masterclass at the Seattle Flute Festival
Certificate of Arts Management
University of California, Irvine
Master of Music Performance
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Music Performance
University of Colorado, Boulder
Music Teachers National Association
Kitsap Music Teachers Association
Seattle Flute Society
National Flute Association
San Diego Flute Guild
Symphonic Metamorphosis – Paul Hindemith
UIUC Symphony Orchestra, 2018
The Animus Winds – Dr. Christopher Hopkins
“Experimental Music Studio at 60”, 2018
Nepenthes – Dr. Sara Corry
Gallery MC, NYC, 2014
Midwestern Collegiate Composer Exchange, 2013
Lead Sheet – Dmitri Tymoczko, 2019
algunas metáforas que aluden – Carlos Carillo, 2019
Short Pieces – David Feurzeig, 2019
The Surrogate – Sky Macklay, 2018
Gathering – Dominick DiOrio, 2018
Chromatic Machinations – Shannon Spark, 2015
We’re All Mad Here – Chelsea Komschlies, 2015
Le Voyage – Chelsea Komschlies, 2015
Nepenthes – Dr. Sara Corry, 2014