The Texas Flute Society is proud to present our 2018 Guest Artists
Sarah Jackson, Allison Loggins, & Drew Powell
Sarah Jackson has held the position of Piccolo for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2003. Prior to this, in 1993, she joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (British Columbia, Canada) as Second Flute. Ms. Jackson then moved on to take the position of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with the same orchestra. Ms. Jackson also taught flute and piccolo at the University of British Columbia.
Sarah Jackson is a much sought after piccolo and flute teacher, and she attracts students from around the world. Sarah is also an active chamber musician, soloist, clinician, and freelance artist, and has played for numerous films, CD recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts. In addition to orchestral playing and teaching, Sarah Jackson has frequently been engaged as soloist and/or clinician on both flute and piccolo in Venezuela, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In addition to taking private voice lessons, she specialized in flute and piccolo, studying with Camille Churchfield, former Principal Flute with the Vancouver Symphony. Sarah attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec for Graduate Studies with Tim Hutchins, Principal Flute of the Montreal Symphony. While studying there, she auditioned for and won her first professional position as 2nd Flute with the Vancouver Symphony.
Flutist, composer, and educator, Allison Loggins-Hull, maintains an active career performing and creating music of multiple genres. Praised for being able “to redefine the instrument…” (The Wall Street Journal), Allison has garnered a reputation for successfully navigating an array of musical worlds and appealing to varied audiences. She is also co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop ensemble, Flutronix, known for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.” (MTV Iggy)
Named an official Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, Allison has performed at The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Banff Centre for the Arts, National Flute Association Conventions, the Virginia Arts Festival, World Cafe Live Philadelphia, WNYC’s Greenespace, as soloist with the Purchase Symphony, and other venues and festivals around the world.
With playing described as “accomplished” (WNYC) and “virtuosic” (NewMusicBox), Allison has performed and recorded with a number of diverse artists and ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Frank Ocean, Ski Beatz, Toshi Reagon, David Virelles and many others. Currently, she can be seen performing in video used as part of Adele’s world tour. With Flutronix, she has released two albums (Flutronix and 2.0), an EP (City of Breath), and is signed to Village Again Records in Japan. In addition, she has been featured in television segments on Telemundo, AriseTV, and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN Super Bowl commercial and the Black Girls Rock! Awards Show on BET.
An active composer, Allison was recently commissioned by the Texas Flute Society to compose a solo flute piece for the 2018 Myrna Brown Flute Competition and ‘cellist Amanda Gookin (PUBLIQuartet). Allison’s compositions, described as having a style that “allows multiple voices to share in the shaping of a music that is equally indebted to and comfortable in several musical lineages” (NewMusicBox), have been performed by members of the Virginia Symphony, Iktus Percussion, saxophonist Stacy Dillard, and broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Tokyo FM and other stations across the country and internationally. With Flutronix, she is published by major music house Carl Fischer.
Education and outreach play a vital role in Allison’s career. She shares her knowledge of entrepreneurial musicianship, flute performance and improvisation, and much more to learners of all ages and backgrounds. She has lectured, served on panels and led masterclasses at the New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The New School, Chamber Music America, SphinxConnect, the National Flute Association Convention and several other institutions. She serves on faculty of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, and has adjudicated for the Myrna Brown and Donna Marie Haire flute competitions.
Drew Powell is a flute student in rigorous preparation for a future career in classical music. He has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music.
His passion for music performance began at the age of 10 in his hometown of Spokane, WA, and has since taken him to various locations in the USA and abroad. Most recently, he performed as a soloist with the Brigham Young University Philharmonic in March 2016 as a winner of their Concerto Competition. He also participated in the 2014 Da Capo Alliance Flute Class held in Paris, France, where he was awarded the Da Capo Alliance Performance Prize, given to a participant for outstanding performance and artistry. Other notable competitions have included winning the College Division for the Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Competition, which included a solo performance with the Utah Wind Symphony. He has had the privilege of working with renowned artists such as William Bennett, Carol Wincenc, Linda Chesis, Julian Beaudiment, and others. He is currently a finalist in the Great Composers Competition “Best Prokofiev Performance” Series.
Drew graduated with a BM in Flute Performance from Brigham Young University under the tutelage of Dr. April Clayton. He is currently continuing his studies with John Thorne at Northwestern University, where he is projected to earn his MM in Flute Performance in 2018.
Drew enjoys living an active lifestyle outside of music. He and his wife love cooking together, and enjoy hobbies including yoga, climbing, hiking, slack lining, and ballroom dance.