A passionate advocate for both early and new music, Zoe Sorrell is an adventurous performer and teacher of historical and modern flutes. She has given performances on three continents, including concerts at Constellation Chicago and the Kennedy Center; pre-Olympic ceremonies in Beijing, China; open mic nights in Staffordshire, England; and local appearances with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Resonance Works.
Sorrell appears most frequently as the flutist for NAT 28, a contemporary music ensemble she founded and now co-directs. NAT 28 is known internationally as the host of the annual Pittsburgh Composers’ Project.
As an educator, Sorrell maintains an active flute studio, both privately and at Westminster College and Chatham University. Her students have gone on to win competitions, land classroom positions, and participate in internationally-renowned master classes. Sorrell encourages her students to find equal enjoyment and comfort in standard and experimental repertoire and works actively to balance the historical canon with a more diverse representation of music.
Sorrell holds Bachelor’s Degrees in flute performance and English literature from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied flutes with Michel Debost and Michael Lynn, and a Master’s Degree in flute performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she played under the tutelage of Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Lorna McGhee, and Stephen Schultz.
Zoe is currently accepting new flute students in her home studio. For information about lessons, please fill out a student application form here.