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BM, Mannes College of Music, Cello Performance MM, Mannes College of Music, Cello Performance
2018, Performed with The Orchestra Now at Carnegie Hall Stern/Perelman Auditorium.
2017, Performed with Metropolitan Opera Soprano Susanna Phillips at the Guggenheim Museum.
2017, Performed with Trio FSX at The Frick Collection.
2016, Performed with Trio FSX at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.
2016, Performed with Aeon Music Ensemble at Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall.
American cellist Sarah is active as both a performer and pedagogue in New York City. She is a member of the innovative ensemble, The Orchestra Now, under the leadership of Leon Botstein. Prior to joining TON, Sarah served as principal cello of the Mannes Orchestra and the Mannes Opera Orchestra. She has also served as principal cello for the Arezzo Opera Festival (Arezzo, Italy), MACE (Mannes American Composers Ensemble), Apotheosis Opera (New York, NY), the Joffrey Ballet School (New York, NY), and has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Stern/Perelman Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall, Civic Hall and Symphony Space, among many others.
Sarah is also a passionate chamber musician, and in December 2016 her piano trio made its Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall. In recital, notable performances include concerts at the Bohemian National Hall, The Frick Collection, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, and the Hungarian House. Additional chamber music highlights include performances with Æon Music Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and collaboration with soprano Susanna Phillips at the Guggenheim Museum and French Institute Alliance Francoise. She was a full-scholarship young artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Sarah holds BM and MM degrees from the Mannes College of Music, where she was a scholarship recipient and student of Marcy Rosen. Sarah plays a 1923 Noe Annichiarico cello from Bari, Italy.
My teaching is strongly influenced by the Suzuki method and the teaching methods of Mimi Zweig and Susan Moses. I incorporate Dalcroze Eurhythmics and general music theory and ear training into each lesson. I believe that learning to play an instrument should be fun and enjoyable, while simultaneously stretching a child’s musical imagination and growing their cello technique. At the heart of my teaching is the study of technique, for as one’s technique improves, the musical rewards always increase. I am very fortunate to have performed in venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Teatro Petrarca, among many others, and I bring a wealth of performance experience to every lesson.
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with the Suzuki Method and the Sassmannshaus Early Start books. As they grasp the beginning fundamentals, I incorporate the Alfred "My First Theory Book" series. As the students advance, we begin using Martin's "I Can Read Music," Rick Mooney's "Position Pieces for Cello" and "Fun in Thumb Position." For adults, I also use the Suzuki method, as well as the Rick Mooney books. I also incorporate a variety of repertoire from other sources, as well as the Alfred "Essentials of Music Theory" series.
At the heart of teaching is my own love for making music, and my passion for helping others achieve that same love of music. To this end, I want to make sure every student has a solid grasp of technical fundamentals, and isn't inhibited by poor technique. I believe that every student, regardless of age or musical background, can play the cello well, and it is my job to help them reach their full potential. Every student has unique gifts and challenges, so I tailor every student's studies differently! Teaching is immensely exciting for me, as I have the privilege to watch students fulfill their unique potential!
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