Dr. Sophia Tegart has led a varied and award-winning career as a flutist, musicologist, and clinician. A popular performer, she has been soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Tegart has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Tegart has also competed internationally, having been a finalist in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and winning second place in the Music Teachers National Association Woodwind Young Artist Competition.
As an avid chamber musician, Tegart has performed at the National Flute Association Conventions, the Florida Flute Association Convention, College Music Society conferences, China ASEAN Music Week, International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (Wales, UK), and the Thailand International Composition Festival. Currently, Tegart is flutist in the Pan Pacific Ensemble, a wind quintet dedicated to the advancement of music by Asian and Asian-American composers. The Pan Pacific Ensemble has released two albums through Albany Records, one of which, “Feng,” was labeled one of 2019’s “Top Ten Albums of the Year” by the Daffodil Perspective. Tegart’s flute and piano duo with pianist Michael Seregow was a finalist for the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, and their album of works by women composers, “Palouse Songbook,” was released through Centaur Records in 2020. Tegart also plays in the Washington State University faculty ensemble, the Solstice Wind Quintet. Solstice performs across the region to high acclaim and gave a memorable performance at the National College Music Society Conference in Vancouver, BC. Tegart also co-founded the Cherry Street Duo and has collaborated with the Portland Percussion Group. Her love of chamber music has led Tegart to arrange works for small chamber ensembles, which are currently published by Audible Intelligence Music.
Performing in the orchestral world, Tegart won positions with the Oregon Mozart Players and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, she was guest principal flutist in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony, the Portland Festival Symphony, and was recently piccoloist with the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra. She currently performs with the Washington-Idaho Symphony and the Walla Walla Symphony as piccoloist.
Dr. Tegart regularly presents invited master classes, clinics, and lectures throughout the United States. She currently teaches at Young Musicians and Artists (YMA), and has served on the faculty of the Music For All Summer Symposium and Music in May. Additionally, she has taught at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy. Prior to her appointment at Washington State University, Tegart served on the faculties of Pacific University, George Fox University, Concordia University-Portland, and the University of Idaho. Since coming to WSU, she has taught numerous courses including applied flute, flute choir, chamber ensembles, History of Jazz, Women in Music, Music History: Antiquity to 1650, and a graduate seminar in Baroque music. In 2020, she was awarded the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Achievement Award for her teaching and creative activities.
Tegart’s research interests include gender and music studies, nineteenth-century operatic mad scenes, and representations of art and literature in music. For her master’s thesis, “An Instrumental Voice: Use of the Flute in Lucia’s Mad Scene,” which focused on representations of madness, gender, and societal norms, she won the Mu Phi Epsilon Musicology Award. She has also presented lecture-recitals on Jessica Rudman’s Transformations, flute and bassoon duos based on the retelling of fairy tales by feminist poet Anne Sexton. Tegart has dedicated her performances and research to correcting the oversight of women composers and performers in the music world.
Tegart received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where she held the flute fellowship in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet and studied with Dr. Mary Posses. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts degree in Music History and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance, and from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Because of her interest in music history, Tegart has joined Keep Classical Weird as the resident music historian, a podcast dedicated to exploring the "kooky, mysterious, and outlandish oddities" in classical music.