Mona Sangesland recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance with departmental honors and a minor in Japanese. Ms. Sangesland has performed in leadership roles with many ensembles, including the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the New England Philharmonic, and the University of Washington's symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and baroque ensemble. Recent performances have also included the Ballet Bellevue Orchestra, the Olympic Ballet Theater Orchestra, and select honor ensembles, such as the All-Northwest Orchestra and the All-Northwest Band. Her performance activities also brought her on tour with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble to Beijing in 2013.
Ms. Sangesland has traveled internationally to work with renowned flutists, and in 2012 and 2013, she was a featured performer with the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan. Her performance research has included working with internationally recognized flute specialists, most notably Jeanne Baxtresser, Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Nancy Stagnitta, and Jim Walker. Additional flute studies have been with Zart Dombourian-Eby of the Seattle Symphony and Karla Flygare of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra.
Ms. Sangesland has been a finalist in several competitions, including the Seattle Philharmonic's Don Bushell Concerto Competition, the University of Washington Concerto Competition, the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the Seattle Flute Society's Soloist Horsfall Competition. She was also the recipient of the Walt and Barbara Dryfoos Outstanding Freshman Music Competition Award, the faculty nominated Consuelo Houts Scholarship, and the Mortar Board/Tolo Scholars Elizabeth Ayers academic merit scholarship. In addition, Ms. Sangesland 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.
Ms. Sangesland’s activities as a performer and her dedication to education and art awareness have led her to several teaching and outreach opportunities. In addition to teaching flute students privately, Ms. Sangesland supervised sectionals and coached small chamber groups for local high schools, youth orchestras, and church orchestras. 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. Ms. Sangesland now shares her love of music as a teaching assistant for the New England Conservatory's Preparatory School.
Ms. Sangesland is currently pursuing her Master of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She studies with Paula Robison.