Sophia Tegart has led a varied and award-winning career as a flutist, musicologist and clinician throughout the United States and Europe. A popular performer, Sophia has been soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Sophia has regularly presented recitals at various universities in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, among others. Competitive internationally, she was a finalist in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and was quarterfinalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Sophia co-founded and currently performs with the Blue Box Ensemble and the Cherry Street Duo. The Blue Box Ensemble has performed at the National Flute Association Convention, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and on various concert series throughout the Northwest. Cherry Street has performed throughout the United States, most recently presenting a recital at the Florida Flute Association Convention.
Sophia won orchestral positions with the Oregon Mozart Players, Washington-Idaho Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, she was guest principal flutist in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Kansas City Civic Opera, and performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony and Spokane Symphony. Currently, Sophia is principal flute of the Portland Festival Symphony, co-principal flute of the IFC3 Ensemble, piccolo in the Colorado Mahlerfest, and will begin her new position of second flute and piccolo in Carl Fischer Publications’ Tradewinds Wind Ensemble in 2016.
A highly sought-after pedagogue, Sophia has given numerous master classes, clinics, and lectures throughout the United States. She serves on the faculty of Music in May; one of the longest-running high school music camps in the US. Sophia has also served on the faculty of the Music For All Summer Symposium. Sophia currently teaches applied flute and music history at George Fox University, as well as applied flute at Pacific University. She has also served on the faculties at the University of Idaho, Concordia University-Portland and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Sophia received her Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she held the flute fellowship in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts in music history and a Master of Music in flute performance, Sophia won the Mu Phi Epsilon Musicology Award for her masters thesis “An Instrumental Voice: Use of the Flute in Lucia’s Mad Scene.” Sophia received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Music in performance at Washington State University.
Sophia plays exclusively on a Yamaha 774H flute and a Yamaha YPC-62 piccolo.