B.A., California State University, San Bernardino
M.M., University of Southern California
Artist Diploma, Yale School of Music
Flute Performance and Music Education
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, TV shows, documentaries and video game scores.
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, Kalamazoo Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra, 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 Disney's newest "The Jungle Book Movie", "The Greatest Showman" with composers John Debney and Joseph Trapanese,and her flute solos can be heard in the newest thriller,"IT", music by Benjamin Wallfisch. She has recorded also for Brian Tyler's "Fast and Furious" 7 and 8, "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 "Downsizing", "Mr. Popper’s Penguins", "Charlie St. Cloud", Lalo Schifrin’s "Rush Hour 3", James Newton Howard’s "The Bourne Legacy", Daft Punk’s "Tron", as well as several documentaries for National Geographic and others. Click here to see a day in the studio with the Hollywood Studio Symphony and Chorus.
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, a new virtual reality game "TORN" and the new "Zoe" character for League Of Legends. She also records for many Disney projects including the Disneyland show Mickey’s Magical Map, Tokyo Disney "SEA", "RATATOUILLE" and Universal Studios Theme Park's Harry Potter Ride.
She can also be heard on many TV shows including "Star Trek Discovery", "The Orville", "Lucifer" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". Andon also took part in composer Christopher Lennertz’s fund-raising recording and concert Symphony Of Hope: The Haiti Earthquake Relief Project, and 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. As an international soloist Ms. Andon has performed the Macau Orchestra in China 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 performs 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, and many others. Andon has 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 addition, she has performed with Orchestra l’Autunno at Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan, Poland and for the Krakow Film Music Festival in Poland for audiences exceeding 15,000, performing a new arrangement of the Alan Menken's music from the live action Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast", arranged by Michael Kosarin for Solo Flute, Choir and Orchestra, and also this performance with Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal for his new "Dovekeepers Suite for Flute and Orchestra" based on his score for the CBS mini-series - view here.
She has been a guest panelist at the Hollywood Music Workshop in Vienna, Austria 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. She was also a part of the Alagna International Chamber Music Festival in Italy with Van Cliburn award-winning pianist and Artistic Director, Simone Pedrone. Here is a video of a live performance there of the Poulenc Sonata for Flute and Piano.
Andon has many recordings from J.S. Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Schoenberg, Steven Stucky, Lalo Schifrin and beyond with many current contemporary composers such as Bevan Manson's California Concertino for Flute and Chamber Orchestra with the Hollywood Symphony - click here to hear the fifth and finale movement.
She 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 also invited to perform the Double Flute Concerto by Steven Stucky (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former 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. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double concentration in Flute Performance and Music Education from California State University San Bernardino, studying with Candice Palmberg (sought-after soloist, clinician, orchestral, chamber musician). Other master classes include Julius Baker, Mindy Kaufman, Jeffrey Khaner, Marina Piccinini, Mark Sparks, Judy Mendenhall, Paula Robison, Walfrid Kujala, William Bennett, Emily Beynon and Jeanne Baxtresser.
She is Principal/Solo Flute of the Redlands Symphony, Ransom Wilson, Conductor and Artistic Director, and she has also been a featured soloist with them performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Griffes "Poem" for Flute and Orchestra and Barber’s Capricorn Concerto. Also, 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." View Critical Hit video here.
Andon also recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the iconic composer and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and Diana Krawl. 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. Here is a Brightwork New Music Ensemble live performance at the Hear Now Music Festival in LA of Andrew Norman's "MINE, MIME, MEME".
She has also performed as principal flute with LA's Kaleidoscope "Conductorless" Chamber Orchestra and has a live performance video recording of Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun". View here.
In addition to being the Artist Teacher of Flute here at the University of Redlands School of Music, Ms. Andon is also the Flute Instructor at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international high school for the arts, and is an active clinician throughout southern California and worldwide.
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)
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.
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 www.SaraAndon.com
Performed or Recorded With Various Artists
Earth, Wind And Fire
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 Hilton - 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.
W.F. Bach - "The Complete Duo Sonatas for Two Flutes" - Duo. No. 6, mvt. lll - "Presto": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UPMdgrsmvI&list=PL8e9nonOberKhPYAkEu1oUh6SwQS-puPI&index=31
New Music for Flute and Cello by Brett Banducci - "Basque Suites" with Sara Andon, flute and Rainer Crosett, cello Live performance Video at LA's Sunset Chamber Music Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0GMlUGItg
Debussy - "Syrinx for Solo Flute" at the Mount Wilson Observatory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50EWXY-CbIQ
Penny Whistle Feature - "The Simplicity of Home" from the video game "WildStar" by composer Jeff Kurtenacker, recorded at Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLVWprdzQ3o&feature=youtu.be
PIXAR movie "The Good Dinosaur" - Sara Andon, featured Alto Flute soloist, footage from the recording session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL6BjCRWw5c&t=229&feature=youtu.be&app=deskt
Alex North - "Spartacus Love Theme” for Solo Flute and Orchestra - ASCAP 100th Anniversary Gala, Krakow Film Music Festival Sara Andon, Flute, arranged by Lee Holdridge with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Conducted by Diego Navarro: https://youtu.be/sN9uOzE4GXU
Solo Jazz Flute Improvision video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJpwub7oUU
John Williams - "Princess Leia's Theme" with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Diego Navarro, Conductor, Krakow Film Music Festival, Sara Andon, Flute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs4q7DYf220
Media Perspective Forum - Interview Article with performance photos: https://perspectiveforum.net/2016/11/11/sara-andon/