Oboist Ursula Sahagian (b. 1990) is dedicated to realizing the works of living composers. In ensembles and as a soloist, she has premiered over twenty-five works, including commissioned works by composers Viet Cuong and Tyler Kline, and is looking forward to premiering new works by Phil Salathé and Isaac Schankler in 2019. Ursula has performed with contemporary music ensembles and orchestras throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Olympia Symphony, Orchestra Bellevue, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, The Sound Ensemble, and Symphony Tacoma. She has also given multiple solo and chamber recitals on Nonsequitur's Wayward Music Series, which features innovative composed and improvised music.
Ursula graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 2012 with degrees in oboe performance and music education. She studied oboe with Jane Marvine, and participated in master classes led by Kathy Greenbank, Katherine Needleman, and Liang Wang. While a student, Ursula performed on Peabody’s Thursday Noon Recital Series, and was part of the US professional premiere of De Materie, by Louis Andriessen, with the D.C.-based Great Noise Ensemble. She can also be heard as co-principal oboe on the Peabody Wind Ensemble’s 2013 recording of the wind symphonies of Johan de Meij, on the Naxos label. Ursula also worked as an intern on the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, and studied composition with Evolution Series founder Dr. Judah Adashi.
Ursula also has a great depth of experience in education and community outreach. She is an elementary music teacher practicing the Kodály approach in the Renton School District, and currently serves as the secretary of Northwest Kodály Educators. She has previously worked as a Teaching Artist with the Seattle Symphony, a composition teacher with the Junior Bach program, Education Coordinator for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, a site coordinator with the Creative Access Outreach program, and a section coach with the Peabody Youth Orchestra. When she's not teaching or playing oboe, Ursula enjoys singing, dancing, drawing, painting, reading science fiction, and playing tabletop games.
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