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Midday Artist Series • Nova Duo

Midday Artist Series • Nova Duo


Sarah Carrier, flute
Andrea Christie, piano

Sarah Carrier is an award-winning flutist who has achieved recognition as a performer and educator. Praised by the New York Times for combining “thoughtful musicality with virtuosity in her alternately energetic and delicate account of a flute line laden with light multiphonics

and unusual timbres,” she brings energy, emotion, and vigor to her performances while exploring the instrument’s sonic potential. A versatile player, Sarah performs traditional classical, contemporary, and popular music in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Over the last 10 years, her highly acclaimed chamber group, Parhelion Trio, has left an indelible mark in the world of flute, clarinet, and piano trio ensembles through high caliber performances and adventurous collaborations with leading composers. Together, they have performed around the globe, attended numerous residencies, and commissioned countless new works. Sarah resides in Wayne, New Jersey (where she can still get a decent bagel and slice). Her vibrant flute studio includes students of all ages, levels, and aspirations. Sarah has a growing online audience where she loves to share her knowledge of the flute in a way that is relatable, informative, and compassionate.

 Sarah holds a D.M.A. from The Graduate Center, CUNY, an M.M. from New York University, and a B.M. from California State University, Long Beach (Bob Cole Conservatory of Music). Previously, Sarah taught Postmodern Music and Music Appreciation at St. Joseph's University in Brooklyn. She serves as the Vice President of the New Jersey Flute Society.

Canadian pianist Andrea Christie is a versatile performing artist with a flair for late-romantic works and a passion for contemporary music. Equally at home as soloist and chamber musician, she is the pianist of the NYC-based Parhelion Trio, an all-female ensemble praised by The Strad Magazine for their “effervescent” playing. Recent appearances include performances at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík, The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and at New York City's leading performance venues including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space, and National Sawdust. Recent collaborations include performances/projects with composer vocalistLisa Bielawa and members of Eighth Blackbird, Wet Ink, and The Knights ensembles. A native of Victoria, Canada, Andrea has been playing piano since the age of four. Her formal training began at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she made her solo orchestral debut at age 14, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Andrea Christie received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia. Her principal teachers include Christina Dahl, Jane Coop, and Germán Diez. As a recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowships, Andrea has performed in residencies and summer festivals across North America and Europe including Tanglewood, the Mozarteum, Academy Prag-Wien-Budapest, Avaloch Farm Institute, International Festival of Contemporary Music at Mannes, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Vancouver International Song Institute, Orford Academy, and Morningside Music Bridge. As an educator, Dr. Christie serves as Adjunct Professor of Keyboard Studies at Adelphi University, and as a Lecturer of Contemporary Performance Practice at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Dr. Christie has previously served on the piano faculties at Stony Brook University’s Pre-College Division, Greenwich House Music School, and Herald Music School.

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