Biography: Zoe Sorrell

An active performer of both early and new music, Zoe Sorrell takes an interdisciplinary approach to all of her performances. She is trained as a flutist, Baroque flutist, pianist, dancer, singer, and writer, and believes in using her platform as an artist to relay political and social commentary that is relevant to today’s audiences. Her choreographed and text set presentation of Debussy’s Syrinx has been described as “a modern classic [that] brings audiences to the art in a way that is fresh and relevant” (Melissa Snoza, Fifth House Ensemble). Sorrell has soloed at the head of the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Arizona Symphonic Winds. As an active blogger and intern for the International Contemporary Ensemble in their 2011-2012 season, she worked closely with music gurus such as Claire Chase, Carla Kihlstedt, and James Holt. Other accolades include winning the bronze medal in the International Flute Symposium’s Emerging Artist Competition and being selected in the National Flute Association Baroque Flute Master Class Competition. As an educator, Sorrell maintains an active studio of flute and piano students, and in 2013, served on the faculty of the nationally-acclaimed Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. She is currently in her last year at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, completing a BM in flute performance and a BA in English literature.Zoe Sorrell