Sara Hiner

Bassoon Faculty, Assistant Dean
Bassoon Faculty, Assistant Dean

Accomplished teacher and guest coach for Los Angeles–area bands and orchestras

Sara Hiner is Assistant Dean and a bassoon faculty member at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts. Alongside the Dean, Ms. Hiner works in course and program development and manages initiatives, special projects, and programs. She is also on faculty for Colburn’s annual summer outreach program, Summer Encounter, and serves as an advisor to students in Colburn’s Herbert Zipper Scholars program.

Ms. Hiner’s bassoon students have been placed in groups like the Colburn Youth Orchestra, Colburn Wind Ensemble, All-Southern Honor Bands and Orchestras, All-State Honor Bands and Orchestras, California State University Northridge Youth Orchestra, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, and in ensembles within the Community School’s Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute, including the Honors Woodwind Quintet. She has served as a guest clinician and coach for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association’s All-Southern Honor Band and Orchestra, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, California State University Northridge Youth Orchestras, Arrowbear Music Camp, and local area schools.

In addition to her position at the Colburn School, she is score reader for the fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl. Ms. Hiner was interviewed and featured in “Meet the pair who ignite the Hollywood Bowl’s fireworks show” on KPCC’s Off-Ramp and on PRX’s “Playing with Fire: Behind the Music and Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.” She and Eric Elias, Pyrotechnic Operator in Charge at the Hollywood Bowl, created a presentation entitled Fireworks in Concert: The Teamwork Behind the Hollywood Bowl Pyrotechnics, most recently speaking at the Huntington Library for the 2016 symposium, Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden.

Ms. Hiner is also on the Advisory Committee of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music Alumni Association. And she served on the Thornton Alumni Association Board of Directors for the 2013–2014 academic year. Ms. Hiner was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation at USC’s 2014 Honors Convocation for her service to the school.

Ms. Hiner was invited to participate on the 2016 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium’s panel, Under Construction: Paths to Success, which was moderated by bassoonist and composer John Steinmetz. The mission of The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition is to provide an international, competitive experience of the highest caliber for young women bassoonists in order to build their confidence, hone their talents, and provide valuable experiences towards their professional careers. The panel included Monica Ellis from Grammy nominated Imani Winds, Julie Feves, Associate Dean and Director of the Instrumental Music Program at the California Institute of the Arts, Dr. Janet Grice, who has performed and recorded extensively in classical, jazz, and Brazilian music, and Leyla Zamora, contra bassoonist of the San Diego Symphony. In this discussion, the panelists discussed the varied career paths they have taken, choices, opportunities, obstacles, and how careers in the music industry have changed in recent years. The discussion provided a rare opportunity to consider, in a public setting, the issues that come up for bassoonists of all genders as they move through the phases of career and the stages of life.

In 2012, Ms. Hiner was one of thirty people selected nationally to participate in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious two week orchestra management seminar in New York. And in the spring of 2014 she was interviewed and featured in the Soundscape Stories project in collaboration with the national organization, Women in Music.

Ms. Hiner’s primary instructors in bassoon were Judith Farmer and Rose Corrigan, and she performed frequently in master classes led by bassoonists such as Alan Goodman, Richard Beene, Michael O’Donovan, and Matthew Ruggiero. She was one of four bassoonists accepted into Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s 1999 Bassoon Workshop, played with the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony, and has performed on stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Orpheum Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Alex Theatre, and Zipper Hall, among others. Her performances have also aired on KUSC, KMozart, and Sundays Live at LACMA. In 2000 her woodwind quintet won first prize at the Peninsula Chamber Music Competition and she was a National YoungArts winner in 2001 (formerly the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts).

Ms. Hiner earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Bassoon Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she was a recipient of USC’s Dean Scholarship, Trojan Scholarship, and Music Merit Scholarship.