Announcing Third Angle's New Artistic Director

Third Angle is elated to announce our new artistic director will be flutist, educator, and arts administrator Sarah Tiedemann of Portland, Oregon. Sarah has been involved with Third Angle since 2011 and has been serving as Interim Artistic Director since March. Sarah officially assumes the role of artistic director September 4. Please help us welcome her to the role as we embark on the amazing season she's planned.

Please read on for the full press release:

Third Angle Names New Artistic Director

AUGUST 22, 2018 – PORTLAND, OR – Following a nationwide search, Third Angle New Music has selected Sarah Tiedemann of Portland as its new artistic director. The flutist, educator and arts administrator will assume the role Sept. 4.

Third Angle mounted a national search following the February resignation of longtime artistic director Ron Blessinger. A search committee composed of musicians and composers as well as board and staff members reviewed the extensive submissions of nearly two dozen qualified applicants from throughout the country. Tiedemann was selected after in-person interviews with finalists.

Previously the executive director of Young Musicians & Artists, Tiedemann has served as interim artistic director of Third Angle since March. She stepped into the role to finalize the programming and production of “A Fond Farewell,” Third Angle’s May tribute to Elliott Smith, and to plan and program the organization’s 2018-19 concert season.

“Third Angle is entering a new and exciting chapter, and Sarah is the ideal artistic leader at a time when our foundation is stronger than ever,” said David Machado, president of Third Angle New Music’s board of directors. “With her creativity and professionalism, we’ll stretch toward new horizons. Her programming of the coming season already is good evidence of that.”

Tiedemann will become the fifth artistic director in the 33-year-old new music organization’s history. A summa cum laude graduate of Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music, she earned a master’s degree in performance from the New England Conservatory, awarded with distinction in performance and academics.  She subsequently pursued postgraduate studies in orchestral performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

She has performed with numerous groups in the Northwest and internationally, including the Swedish Radio Symphony, and on numerous recordings and live broadcasts. She also has performed and served in a variety of roles with well-known Oregon music organizations, including Oregon Symphony, Chamber Music Northwest and Salem Chamber Orchestra, in addition to previous roles with Third Angle. She continues as an instructor at Lewis & Clark College and as a tenured member of Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

Tiedemann performed on the 2015-2016 season's "Going Dutch" concert. Photo by Jacob Wade.

Tiedemann performed on the 2015-2016 season's "Going Dutch" concert. Photo by Jacob Wade.

“I began performing with Third Angle nearly eight years ago, and my experiences with the group have made me even more passionate about new music,” Tiedemann said. “Over the past several years, I’ve contributed to Third Angle’s programming, production and communications. Now I look forward to taking the creative reins as we embark on a journey toward broadening our impact locally and beyond. With a stable foundation at Third Angle’s core, now is the time to dream big.”

Third Angle’s upcoming season will debut Sept. 13 and 14 with “Contralto” as part of PICA’s TBA Festival. Sarah Hennies’ work for film and live instruments unites voices of transgender women, weaving experimental music for strings and percussion with documentary.

“My vision for Third Angle is to progress beyond portraying our contemporary world and to actually begin shaping it. Music is a powerful tool in building relationships and understanding,” Tiedemann said. “We’re ready to take our musicianship and our social responsibilities as leaders in the arts community to the next level.”

Third Angle’s 2018-19 concert series will continue to stretch toward new horizons Feb. 20 and 21 with “Orpheus Unsung” set as an electric guitar opera at Holocene and April 10 and 11 with John Luther Adams’ transcendent “Everything That Rises” at OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium. In the intimate studio series at Studio 2, powerhouse percussionist Luanne Warner Katz will perform “Play Like a Girl” Nov. 1 and 2, followed by Indian-American music and dance Jan. 10 and 11, and a soundscape exploration of the collision of natural beauty and urbanization in “Habitat” March 7 and 8. The group will expand its performances into Washington County for the first time with a Jan. 19 performance of Indian Music Now at The Vault Theatre in Hillsboro.

“Third Angle’s depth of talent is growing, and we’re confident that we’ll take great strides as we pursue new creative heights and artistic excellence,” Machado said. “Already, Sarah has introduced us to many talented, professional musicians in our region and from elsewhere in the country who are new to Third Angle and are eager to perform with and compose for us.”

With Tiedemann partnering with executive director Lisa Volle, Third Angle joins Portland Baroque Orchestra as one of only two local music organizations with women in both the executive and artistic director roles.

“We’re eager to introduce Sarah to patrons and the arts community at our season opener at PICA next month,” Volle said. “It will be an opportunity for them to discover the talent, vision and enthusiasm that we find so compelling in her.”