Sara Andon

Degrees: Artist Diploma, Yale School of Music; M.M., University of Southern California; B.A., California State University, San Bernardino





Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Flute Performance and Music Education
  • Concerto Soloist
  • Recitalist
  • Studio Recording Artist
  • Chamber Music
  • Symphonic Orchestra Player
  • Opera, Ballet and Broadway Orchestral Player
  • Jazz
  • Ethnic Flutes
  • Piano and Vocal Background

Courses Offered at Redlands

Applied Flute

Professional Background

Flutist Sara Andon is an international soloist and recording artist known for her ravishing tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. A versatile performer in many music genres including solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, ballet, new music, jazz and Broadway, she has performed all over the world in major concert venues, TV and radio broadcasts, as well as on many motion picture soundtracks.

Ms. Andon has performed with several American orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Tulsa Opera, New West Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, California Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops, New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, San Francisco Western Opera Theater, Miami City Ballet Touring Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has worked with such world-renowned conductors as Kurt Masure, David Zinman, John Mauceri, Jorge Mester, Jeffrey Kahane and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Ms. Andon has performed in the orchestras for many Broadway musicals including Les Misérables, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast and the critically acclaimed hit show Wicked (L.A. Company).

Her countless film score recordings include Brian Tyler's new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; John Powell’s Rio 2; Marco Beltrami’s Wolverine, Die Hard 5, Trouble With The Curve and The Thing; Rolfe Kent’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Lalo Schifrin’s Rush Hour 3, James Newton Howard’s The Bourne Legacy, Daft Punk’s Tron, and the acclaimed documentary No Place On Earth. Her recent recording work for video games includes the Grammy®-nominated blockbuster game Journey, along with World Of Warcraft, Star Craft II, WildStar, Horn, BioShock-Infinite and League Of Legends. She also records for many Disney projects including the new Disneyland show Mickey’s Magical Map and Universal Studios Theme Park's new Harry Potter Ride. Andon also took part in composer Christopher Lennertz’s fund-raising recording and concert Symphony Of Hope: The Haiti Project. Andon has recently recorded with such varied artists as Placido Domingo; Daft Punk, including their Grammy®-winning album, Random Access Memories; Neil Diamond; Barry Manilow; and Billy Childs’ new album of Laura Nyro songs, also featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Andon has performed throughout the United States, Italy, France, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Poland, Spain and China including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall (NYC), St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, CBS Sunday Morning, Universal Amphitheater, Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Hall in L.A.

On February 23, 2013, Ms. Andon performed four pieces with the Macau Orchestra for Hollywood Love Stories — Great Romantic Film Music at the Venetian Macau Resort and also joined Varèse Sarabande’s series of concerts celebrating the label’s 35th anniversary, the largest film score label in the world.

Andon has performed a selection of special commissions for solo flute, including Alex North’s Spartacus Love Theme, arranged for her by Lee Holdridge; new suites from Elmer Bernstein’s Ghostbusters (by Randy Edelman) and To Kill A Mockingbird (by Austin Wintory); and the first-ever symphonic setting of Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas by William Ross. In July 2013, Andon performed with both the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and also the Big Band de Canarias (for a tribute to composer Elmer Bernstein), as part of the Fimucité Festival. In August, she performed with Orchestra l’Autunno at Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan, Poland. Andon returned to Tenerife in July 2014 and performed again with both the Symphony (TV Classics) and the Big Band (Film Noir). And after those solo appearances, she went on to Vienna, Austria as a guest panelist in the Hollywood Music Workshop for Composers led by legendary composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope and Robert Townson, Producer of Varese Sarabande Records, sharing wisdom about being a Los Angeles session musician and giving advice to composers about music prep for the session musicians to make the session time as efficient as possible, as well as on the topic of the "The After-Life of Film Music" as an international soloist for live concerts of film music.

Andon has many recordings from J.S. Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Schoenberg, Steven Stucky and beyond and has recorded with artists ranging from Placido Domingo to Neil Diamond, Big Band de Canarias to Daft Punk. She has also been a featured soloist at numerous music festivals including the Ojai Music Festival (CA), Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (CT), Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), Music at Penn’s Woods (PA), Sunriver Music Festival (OR), London Bach Festival & the Los Angeles Bach Festival and many film music festivals mentioned above. Other solo performances include “Sundays Live at Six” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, most recently with Sarah Jackson, flutist and piccoloist with the L.A. Philharmonic and Barry Gold, cellist with the L.A. Philharmonic, on an all-Haydn program, and on the “Jacaranda — Music At The Edge Series” in Santa Monica and Hear Now Contemporary Music Festival in Los Angeles. Ms. Andon was invited to perform the Double Flute Concerto by Steven Stucky (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and New Music Consultant-L.A. Philharmonic) with world-renowned flutist Ransom Wilson at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Ms. Andon received her post-graduate Artist Diploma from Yale University studying with Ransom Wilson (international soloist and solo flutist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society) and her Masters of Music in Flute Performance at USC studying with Janet Ferguson, Roger Stevens and weekly masterclasses with James Walker. all-former principal flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other master classes include Julius Baker, Mindy Kaufman, Jeffrey Khaner, Marina Piccinini, Mark Sparks, Paula Robison, Walfrid Kujala, William Bennett, Emily Beynon and Jeanne Baxtresser.

She is Principal/Solo Flute of the Redlands Symphony with whom she performed Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in November 2013 and Barber’s Capricorn Concerto in March 2014. And also in July of 2014, she performed as a featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony for the Video Games Live Concert at Comic-Con and on the same concert also performed with the new video game cover band "Critical Hit." And most recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the inconic composer and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

Andon is the solo flutist with the new contemporary music ensemble "Brightwork New Music," based in Los Angeles, consisting of solo flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion.  She is also the Woodwind Coordinator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Composers Fellowship Program, mentors to the program are Steven Stucky and John Adams. An active teacher and clinician in southern California and world-wide, Andon is also the Artist Teacher of Flute at the University of Redlands School of Music and the Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international high school for the arts.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Yale School of Music:
    • Graduate Assistant - Hearing and Analysis Department
    • Teaching Assistant in Flute to Ransom Wilson - International Flute Soloist
  • University of Southern California - Teaching Assistant in Ear Training
  • California State University - Teaching Assistant in Ear Training
  • Claremont Community School - Flute Instructor
  • University of Redlands Community Music School - Flute Instructor
  • Private Studio in Flute in the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas, as well as in Connecticut and New York City

Performances and Presentations

  • Paul Edmund-Davies, Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra
  • William Bennett, Principal Flutist, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra
  • Jim Walker, Flutist of Free Flight and former principal flutist, Los Angeles Philharmonic:
  • Emily Beynon, Principal Flutist, Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Janet Ferguson, Former Principal Flutist, the Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Ransom Wilson, Solo Flutist, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, NYC, Professor of Flute at Yale University School of Music
  • Jeanne Baxtresser, Former Principal Flutist, New York Philharmonic
  • Mary Karen Clardy - Soloist and international clinician
  • Walfried Kujala, Former Piccoloist, Chicago Symphony
  • Katerina Zenz, New Music Specialist, University of Macedonia, Associate Professor - Workshop on Extended Techniques for the Flute
  • Featured Soloist at the National Flute Convention in Pittsburgh
  • Featured Soloist at the National Flute Convention in New York City
  • Guest Panelist at the "Hollywood Music Workshop for Composers" in Vienna, Austria (July 2014)
  • Adjudicator of the All-Southern California and clinician for the high school and orchestra
  • J.S.Bach Festival and Competition- Junior and Senior Instrumental Division
  • Adjudicator of the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition
  • Woodwind Coordinator - Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Composers Fellowship Program with composers Steven Stucky and John Adams
  • Featured Soloist with the Redlands Symphony - Mozart Concerto in D Major, k.314 with my own original cadenzas
  • Featured soloist with the Redlands Symphony - Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra
  • Featured Soloist at the Redlands Bowl with the Redlands Symphony performing concertos by Luigi Boccherini, Arthur Foote and Malcolm Arnold
  • Featured Soloist with the Macau Orchestra in China (February 2013), performing new commissions for the concert "Hollywood Love Stories" at the largest hotel in the World: Venetian Macau. Historic first film music concert in China
  • Featured Soloist on the Varese Sarabande Record Label 35th Anniversary Gala Concert (largest film score label in the world) Los Angeles, CA (May 2013), performing new commissions. Guest composers Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, John Debney, Joel McNeeley, Cliff Eidelman, Chris Lennertz, Austin Wintory, Diego Navarro, Michael Giacchino
  • Featured Soloist on the Varese Sarabande Record Label 35th Anniversary Halloween Gala Concert (October 2013) performing new commissions. Guest composers, Marco Beltrami, Chris Young, Lee Holdridge, Joseph LoDuca, Randy Edelman, Brian Tyler
  • Featured Soloist Redlands Symphony performing the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto, k.299, with encore by Jaques Ibert "Entr'acte" (November 2013)
  • Featured Soloist at the International Film Music Festival "FIMUCITE" in Tenerife, Canary Islands of Spain with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife and the Big Band de Canarias performing new commissions (July 2013 and July 2014)
  • Featured Soloist at the Transatlanyk Film and Film Music Festival in Poznan, Poland, performing new commissions (August 2013)
  • Featured Soloist at the ASCAP 2014 Awards Gala in Beverly Hills Hllton - Tribute to Henry Mancini (June 2014)
  • Featured Soloist at the 100th Anniversary of ASCAP Gala Concert at the Krakow, Poland Film Music Festival (September, 2014) with guest composers Hans Zimmer, Patrick Doyle, Elliot Goldenthal, and also a new video game chamber concert, performing new commissions (September 26 - 28th, 2014)
  • Guest Panelist at the "Hollywood Music Workshop for Composers" in Vienna, Austria (July 2014)
  • Presentation/Lecture at the University of Redlands on the Hollywood Studio Recording scene as well as live concert performances (October 2014)
  • Numerous solo and chamber recitals past and currently planned at the University of Redlands as well as the HEAR NOW Contemporary Music Festival in Los Angeles, Sundays Live at Six at LACMA, Jacaranda - Music at the Edge Series in Santa Monica, Bright Work New Music Ensemble, and many others.

Professional Affiliations

  • Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles (RMALA)
  • American Federation of Musicians Union, Local 47
  • National Flute Association
  • Chairperson of Redlands Symphony Players' Committee
  • Pi Kappa Lambda


Motion Picture Sound Tracks:

  • Fast and Furious 7 (Brian Tyler, composer - Flute/Piccolo)
  • SpongeBob - The Movie (John Debney, composer - Flute/Piccolo)
  • The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie (Brian Tyler, composer - Flute/Piccolo)
  • The Wolverine (Marco Beltrami, Composer - Principal Flute/Alto Flute/Piccolo)
  • The Conjuring (Joseph Bishara, Composer; End Credits, Mark Isham, Composer - Principal Flute)
  • Die Hard 5 - A Good Day To Die Hard (Marco Beltrami, composer - Principal Flute/Alto Flute/Piccolo)
  • Escape from Tomorrow (Abel Korzenowski, Composer)
  • The Thing (Marco Beltrami, Composer - Principal Flute/Piccolo 1/Alto & Bass Flutes)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Rolfe Kent, Composer - Flute/Alto and Bass Flutes)
  • The Rite (Alex Heffes, Composer - Flute)
  • Red Riding Hood (Alex Heffes, Composer - Flute/Ocarnia)
  • Symphony Of Hope - Haiti Project (Christopher Lennertz and 24 others contributing composers - Flute)
  • Tron (Daft Punk, Composer - Flute)
  • Sex In The City 2 (Aaron Zigman, Composer - Flute)
  • Charlie St. Cloud (Rolfe Kent, Composer - Flute, Alto Flute and featured Bass Flute Solo)
  • When In Rome (Christopher Young, Composer - Flute)
  • Disney's "Bedtime Stories" (Rupert Gregson-Williams, Composer - Flute)
  • The Promotion (Alex Wurman, Composer - Flute)
  • Rush Hour 3 (Lalo Schifrin, Composer - Flute /and solo piccolo in the end credits)
  • Instrumentation I have played on various sound tracks include C Flute, Bass Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Penny Whistle, Native American Flutes and Ocarinas.

Video Game Sound Tracks:

  • Grammy-nominated JOURNEY - Sony Play Station (Composer, Austin Wintory - Solo Flute)
  • Blizzard - World of Warcraft - Warlords of Draenor, (Composers #- Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Jason Hayes, Edo Guidetto, Eimear Noon, Craig Garfunkle)
  • Blizzard - World of Warcraft - Mists of Pandaria (Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Jeremy Soule, Jason Hayes, Edo Guidetto, Composers - Solo Flute/Alto Flute/Bass Flute)
  • Blizzard - Star Craft ll (Neal Acree, Russell Brower, Jason Hayes, Composers - Solo Flute/PiccoloAlto Flute/Bass Flute)
  • Wild Star (Jeff Kurtenacker, composer - Solo Flute/Piccolo/Alto Flute/Bass Flute/Penny Whistle/Native America Flute)
  • Horn (Austin Wintory, composer - Flute/PennyWhistle)
  • X-COM (Garry Schyman, Composer - Solo Flute)
  • League of Legends (Michael Barry, Michael Barry, Composers)


  • No Place on Earth (John Piscitello, Composer - Solo Flute)
  • National Geographic: South African Lions (Alex Wurman, Composer - Solo Flute/Alto Flute)

Recording for Disney Theme Parks and Universal Studios Theme Parks:

  • Rides, shows parades including Disney's "Mickey's Magical Map" show currently at Disneyland, Anaheim, CA.
  • The new Harry Potter Ride coming to Universal Studios Hollywood coming in 2015.

TV Shows

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Revenge
  • Dexter
  • The Event
  • Sidelining on The Mentalist (May 12, 2011 Airing - Rhapsody In Red)
  • Live special - American Idol Gives Back

Chamber and Solo Recordings (Classical, Pop, Jazz, New Music)

  • Elmer Bernstein - "The Wild Side" Big Band Jazz Album with the Big Band de Canarias on Varese Sarabande Records
  • New Flute Concerto by Bevan Manson "California Concertino for Flute and Orchestra" (2014) recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on Albany Records#
  • Daft Punk 2014 Grammy Award-winning Album "Random Access Memories"
  • Billy Childs "Map To The Treasure: Reimagining of Laura Nyro" (2014) featured artists include Yo Yo Ma , Renee Fleming, Chris Botti
  • "Great Voices Sing John Denver" (2014) with Placido Domingo, Rod Gilfry, Denyce Grave, Dolora Zajick, Nathan Gunn, and many others, arr. by Lee Holdridge
  • Barry Manilow 2014 - New CD (soon-to-be-announced)
  • Neil Diamond 2014 - New CD (soon to be announced)
  • Kelly Clarkson - "Wrapped in Red" Christmas Album 2013
  • Elmer Bernstein - "The Wild Side" New CD - Big Band Album with the Big Band de Canarias on Varese Sarabande Records (soon-to-be-released)
  • Critical Hit (video game cover band) New CD (soon-to-be released)
  • Complete J.S. Bach Trio Sonatas for Two Flutes, Cello and Harpischord, with Laurel Zucker, flutist, on Cantilena Records
  • W.F. Bach Six Duo Sonatas for Two Flutes with Laurel Zucker, flutist, on Cantilena Records
  • Mozart Duos, Op.75 1- 6 with Laurel Zucker, Flutist, on Cantilena Records
  • Classical Music for Women and All Beethoven CD on Lifescapes Label
  • Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire on Centaur Records (Artist Faculty of the University of Redlands)
  • Claude Debussy "Syrinx for Solo Flute" - click to listen on

Performed or Recorded With Various Artists

  • Placido Domingo
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Daft Punk
  • Billy Childs
  • Barry Manilow
  • Neil Diamond
  • David Foster
  • David Benoit
  • Earth, Wind And Fire
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Jackie Evancho
  • Il Divo
  • Annie Lennox
  • Scorpions
  • Peter Frampton
  • Dariush
  • John Tesh
  • Moody Blues
  • Michael Crawford
  • Snow Patrol
  • R.E.M.
  • Josh Groban
  • Critical Hit
  • Laurel Zucker
  • Ransom Wilson
  • Jeanne Baxtresser
  • Walfrid Kujala
  • Steve Kujala
  • William Bennett
  • Sarah Jackson
  • Paul Edmund-Davies

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