Ally Haas, pianist and flutist, explores music she likes to call ‘the rare and the beautiful.’ Determined to elevate underrepresented composers to their rightful status in music history, she seeks out works by women and people of color in an effort to make their voices heard. Ally’s process involves a thorough analysis of the works, supplemental research regarding the works and respective composers, and ‘mapping’ these works to most efficiently commit them to memory, enabling her to learn and perform a diversity of pieces each semester. An ardent believer in the notion of ‘sound before sight,’ Ally strives to know her students as individuals, discovering how best to suite each student’s needs and engaging them through creative teaching practices that challenge both their technical abilities and musical ideas. A native of Sartell, MN, she currently lives in St. Cloud, where she studies piano performance with Dr. Shannon Sadler. In addition to receiving scholarships from the Ruth Gant and David J. Ernest foundations at St. Cloud State University, she presented research in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association intercollegiate poster session in June 2019.
You can find Ally’s performance here.