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  Christina Jennings.

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 Orchestra.

Sorcha lives in Silverdale with her husband and her cat.

Upcoming Performances

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

April 12-13, 2024

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

Professional Memberships

Music Teachers National Association

Kitsap Music Teachers Association

Seattle Flute Society

National Flute Association

San Diego Flute Guild

  President (2022-2023)

  Treasurer (2022)

  Secretary (2020-2021)

Notable Performances

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