Seattle-native Mona Sangesland enjoys a varied orchestral, chamber music, and outreach career in the Boston area and is in demand as a flute educator. She performs in leadership roles with many ensembles, including the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and the New England Philharmonic. Recent engagements included the Boston Celebrity Series, Ballet Bellevue Orchestra, and the Olympic Ballet Theater Orchestra. Her performance activities also brought her on tour with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble to Beijing, China in 2013.
Mona traveled internationally to work with renowned artists and was a featured performer at the Bay View Music Festival, Orford International Academy, Flauti al Castello, the Consummate Flutist, and Pender Island Flute Retreat, where she worked with highly respected pedagogues including Jeanne Baxtresser, Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, and Lorna McGhee.
Mona was the prizewinner of the 2015 Coeur d'Alene Young Artist Competition and performed Carl Nielsen's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra in March 2015. Additionally, she has been a finalist in several competitions, including the Seattle Philharmonic's Don Bushell Concerto Competition, the University of Washington Concerto Competition and the Walt and Barbara Dryfoos Music Competition. In 2017, she was awarded the highly competitive New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant, which allowed her to live in India and teach music.
Mona’s activities as a performer and her dedication to education and art awareness have led her to many teaching and outreach opportunities. Her woodwind quintet performed in New England Conservatory’s historic Jordan Hall and throughout the greater Boston area as part of a community outreach project designed to bring awareness of wind instruments and chamber music to local elementary schools. Mona is passionate about the role of music in empowering underserved communities and served as a music volunteer in immigrant neighborhoods near San Jose, Costa Rica. Additionally, in 2017 Mona was the music director of the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in Tamil Nadu, India, where she worked with the "untouchable" communities of India's poor. She also served on the Seattle Flute Society's Board of Directors as the Commercial Membership Coordinator and the Secretary for their 2014 - 2015 season.
Mona is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, were she studies with Paula Robison. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington and a Master of Music Degree with academic honors from the New England Conservatory.