Bio

Education:

  • D.M.A. in Flute Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.M. in Flute Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • B.M. in Flute Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.M. in Voice Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Sasha Garver teaches at Dominican University of California in San Rafael and at Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California. She is former faculty and Music Program Director at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, New Mexico, where she taught music theory, aural skills, instrumentation and orchestration, music appreciation, music fundamentals, voice, choir and flute. She also taught at Santa Fe Talent Education (a Suzuki school) and at United World College in Las Vegas, NM.

Sasha has played with the Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe New Music and Festival Ballet Albuquerque. Sasha has been a soprano soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony has been a member of Canticum Novum Chorus and the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus. Dr. Garver was soprano soloist at First Church of Christian Science in Santa Fe. She has also appeared as a concerto soloist with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra and Denver Philharmonic.
Dr. Sasha Garver performed full-time with the Macau Orchestra (SAR China) as second flute/solo piccolo from 2008-2010. Sasha has also performed with Emerald City Opera, Boulder Bach Festival, Mahler Festival Orchestra, Lyric Opera Boulder and the Richmond Symphony. Previously she taught applied flute and chamber music at Regis University and was on the faculty of Colorado Christian University and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts. She has also been on the faculties of Boulder Arts Academy, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department.

Sasha is involved in performance and commission of new music and has participated in the Cincinnati Music X festival, performing works under the direction of composers Louis Andriessen, Chen Yi, Steve Reich, Michael Fiday and others. In July 2009 Sasha gave the Macau premiere of Loin d’ici for flute and piano (NFA Young Artist 2005 Competition commissioned piece) with noted Macanese composer Bun-ching Lam as part of the Macao Orchestra’s Chinese Music Series. Additionally, Sasha and her husband are active in commissioning new works for flute and bassoon such as Two Inventions by Sean Okpebholo (NKU Composition Professor) and Pajarillo con Catira by Venezuelan flutist Javier Montilla.

Dr. Garver is a regular columnist on pedagogy for Flute Focus International Flute Magazine (NZ) and has given lectures on topics ranging from pedagogy, Suzuki and performance practice at Sasha has given lectures on topics ranging from pedagogy, Suzuki and performance practice at the Suzuki World Conference, the National Flute Convention and the Suzuki Association of the America’s International Conference.

She has certification in Suzuki Flute Books 1-8, Suzuki Piano Books 1 and 2, Practicum, and Orff-Schulwerk level 1. Dr. Garver was President of the Suzuki Association of Colorado, and helped to found the Suzuki Association of Hong Kong, Macau and China, and is widely recognized for her expertise in the Suzuki Flute method, having won a national award in 2006 for her dissertation on the subject. Sasha has been Suzuki faculty at Desert Suzuki Institute, Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute, Santa Fe Suzuki Institute, Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Boulder Arts Academy, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, 2009 Suzuki World Conference in Melbourne, Australia and the 2012 Cedros-Pan American University Music Festival and Suzuki Institute in Mexico City. She was recently the Flute Performing Ensemble conductor at the 2010 and 2012 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis.

Sasha holds her Doctorate in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado where she studied with Alexa Still. She received her Masters degree in flute performance from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Bradley Garner, Randolph Bowman, piccolo with Jack Wellbaum and voice with Tina Milhorn. She received two Bachelor of Music degrees in flute and voice from the University of Colorado where she studied with Alexa Still, flute and Catherine Kasch, soprano.