Teaches: French horn (Partnerships)
Teaching Philosophy: Learning how to play an instrument like the French horn is challenging, but is also fun and rewarding! My teaching philosophy is to meet students at their level and understand their goals and strengths and to develop successful strategies for each player to improve. I aim to foster a passion and appreciation for the music in each of my students and help guide them toward rewarding experiences making music.
Greatest Musical Influences: My colleagues and musician friends. I feel so fortunate to be able to play and learn and gain ideas and skills from these talented people.
When I’m not making music: When I am not making music you’ll find me boating or skiing depending on the season!
Favorite place in Maine: Casco Bay
Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Sophie Flood is a freelance horn player that maintains an active performing and teaching schedule throughout northern New England. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Maine and continued her graduate studies in Toronto, Ontario at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Her teachers have included Neil Deland, Eric Ruske, and John Boden. Sophie is a substitute musician with the Portland Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Symphony NH, and Symphony by the Sea. She can be found in pit orchestras for Opera Maine and Portland Ballet productions and playing musicals at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine State and North Shore Music Theatres. Sophie has been a past orchestra fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival and spent a season touring Quebec with the Montreal-based Orchestre de la Francophonie. She is the horn instructor for the Southern Maine Junior Music Academy and coaches USM Youth Ensembles.