Biography

Sarah is an experienced conductor, music educator, and singer who strives to interweave the teaching of vocal pedagogy into the choral experience and exploring the role of social justice in sharing music.  Currently, Sarah is the Founding and Artistic Director for Consonare Choral Community (consonare-sing.org), a nonprofit organization working to build community through choral music in Connecticut, where she directs:  Voices of Concinnity Chamber Ensemble, a professional chamber ensemble of singers from diverse backgrounds, and Choir Matrix Women's Ensemble, a community choir open to all self-identified women. Voices of Concinnity and Choir Matrix are both recipients of the 2020 Alfred Nash Patterson Grant.

Sarah holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from University of Connecticut with extensive graduate study in choral conducting from California State University, Los Angeles.   She has studied conducting under Donald Brinegar, James Spillane, William Belan, and Iris Levine.  She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona where she also began her studies as a music educator. 

Photos by Ellen Yang

Photos by Ellen Yang

Her choral leadership experience has previously included teaching at the junior and senior high level in California, directing the Women’s Choir and Collegiate Choir as a graduate student at the UConn, serving as music director of The Shoreline Chorale, and Assistant Conductor of the Chorale at Eastern Connecticut University. Her choral music experience has flourished from serving as music director in numerous churches since 2000 and is currently the choir director at First Church of Mansfield. Outside of choral conducting, she has conducted operas for New in November with the Hartford Opera Theater, served as TA for a music history course at UConn, and currently is an adjunct professor of graduate choral literature at The Hartt School.

 

Sarah has sung professionally throughout the Los Angeles and New England area and is currently a member of the professional chamber choir, Collegium Ancora, located in Providence, RI, and Alchemy, located in Middletown, CT.

In a response to COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah created on a project with colleague, Greg Flower, called Songs of Comfort, to fulfill song requests for those suffering in isolation due to COVID-19, for which she is the recipient of the 2020 CT Artist Respond Grant.  Although music is her passion, Sarah also loves photography,  traveling, and hiking with her family. 

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