A native of Massachusetts, flutist Sarah Paysnick is praised for “[producing] a beautifully tuned (and vibrato free) liquid tone.” (Tom Moore, Early Music America). She performs regularly in the Greater Boston area with many period ensembles including L’Académie, Arcadia Players, Exsultemus, Cambridge Concentus and Harvard Baroque, where she frequently appears as concerto soloist. After winning the National Flute Association’s Baroque Artist competition in August of 2009, she moved to Israel for a year, where she performed with Israel's leading historical performance ensembles: Barrocade, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and Ensemble Phoenix. Upon returning to Boston she co-founded Musical Offering, a period chamber ensemble that explores music linking the high Baroque and Classical styles. In 2012 she co-founded Grand Harmonie, an ensemble of varying size bringing period instrument performances of Classical and Romantic repertoire to the East Coast.
As an award-winning modern flutist, Sarah earned a BM at Ithaca College studying with Wendy Mehne, and a MM from the University of Texas at Austin studying with Marianne Gedigian. She also spent a year studying with Jill Felber in Santa Barbara. While studying with Ms. Gedigian, she won the Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in 2004. After Austin, Sarah returned to Boston and began focusing on Baroque repertoire, though she teaches lessons on both modern and historical flutes.
Sarah was appointed Coordinator of Baroque Masterclasses & Competitions for the National Flute Association (NFA) in October of 2012 and will serve a five-year term. She was also elected to the board of the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) and has served on the board of the Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition since 2007.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking, knitting, and spending time with kids, especially her niece.