Concerned about the coronavirus ? Online Lessons are available

Book Online

X

Sara S-

Sara S-

TRMC Certified
Student Favorite
Cincinnati OH

Keyboard and Piano Lessons, Vocal Lessons, Orchestral Lessons


Studio - Webcam

15 Years

About Me
Sara began on her music path very early in her childhood when she started singing in the children's choir at church. She was so small that the director made a special gown for her because all of the others were too large. Her father was a band director for 40 years, instructing Sara in piano, French horn, and general musicianship. She started taking private French horn lessons from professors and professionals as a freshman in high school. Sara was a 4 year All-State French horn and even sat 1st chair. She was involved in every honor band possible, took 2nd place in the Greater Des Moines Young Artist Competition, and won a scholarship competition to the University of Northern Iowa. However, she auditioned for CCM and was accepted with a partial scholarship. After building a family, Sara decided to go back to school to earn a Music Education degree from University of Northern Iowa. Her primary instrument was voice, with French horn as a secondary instrument. She also took piano lessons to keep her keyboard skills in check. Sara excelled in classical voice during her studies. At the beginning of her second year there, without prior classical training, advanced to the graduate division semi-finals of a NATS competition. Sara was a member of a select chamber group that traveled to 2 ACDA conventions; one in Miami, Fl and the other in Oklahoma City. Upon graduating from University of Northern Iowa, Sara moved back to Cincinnati and started working in the school system, giving lessons, and singing in the May Festival Chorus. She was selected as a member of their chamber choir and was featured as a soloist. She moved to Columbus, OH for a few years, while still teaching in the schools and staying very active in the music community. She played French horn in the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Dublin Wind Symphony (soloing as a guest vocalist with the latter twice), sang with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chorus and was featured as a small group soloist, performed in pit orchestras for local high school and community musicals, and more. Sara is currently a vocal coach at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and is also teaching lessons in her home. Sara has played and sung under the batons of such greats as James Conlon, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Rossen Milanov, John P. Payntor, Ronald Jenkins, and more.

Sara S- has over 15 years of music experience in the Cincinnati area.

Sara S- is proficient in and teaches Keyboard and Piano Lessons, Vocal Lessons, Orchestral Lessons .


What to expect in my Vocal Lessons

Beginner - Intermediate

In the first lesson, plan a few minutes of extra time to meet my dogs! I will get a baseline of your range/tone/technique and discuss my first impression observations with you. We will always cover breathing techniques/anatomy. I will teach you some of why warm-ups, while also telling you what they do. That is usually all that we get done in the first lesson. It's actually quite involved.



Formal Education:

University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music: French horn performance major University of Northern Iowa: Music Education degree w/ emphasis in voice, secondary instrument: French horn        

Private Education:

Most recent first:   Dr. John Hines - Associate Professor of Voice, University of Northern Iowa   Dr. Tina Su - Professor of French horn, University of Northern Iowa   Dr. Robin Guy - Professor of Piano/Keyboard Chair, University of Northern Iowa   Duane Dugger - 3rd horn Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Adjunct French horn Professor, University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music   Martha Edwards  - French horn   Dr. Tom Tritle - Former French horn Professor, University of Northern Iowa   Dr. Ron Fox - Former Brass Professor, Luther College

Performing Experience:

Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton, IA-soloist & instrumentalist (1986-present) Professional member of Christ Anglican Church Choir, Columbus, OH (2) Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chorus (January 2015-August 2016),Selected small group soloist, May 2016 Dublin Wind Symphony-French horn (2), Substitute director & vocal soloist Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Columbus, OH – French horn (January 2) Pit orchestra for multiple school & community productions – French horn (2) Directed extracurricular choir – Columbus Humanities, Arts & Technology Academy (2) Trinity Singers Gospel Choir & soloist, New Hampton, IA (2) May Festival Choir, Cincinnati, OH (2010), Chamber Choir & Featured soloist Greater Waverly Municipal Band – French horn (summers of 2), Vocal and instrumental soloist Attended University of Northern Iowa, Music Education (2) Received vocal training from John Hines (2) University of Northern Iowa Chamber Singers (2) Performed at National ACDA convention, Miami, FL (2009) University of Northern Iowa Horn Choir member (2) Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra alternate (2009) University of Northern Iowa Children’s Choir Assistant (2009) Performed University of Northern Iowa Senior Voice Recital (April 13, 2009) Vocal Masterclass Instructor, Webster City High School (March 29, 2009) Director of Student Summer Band Program (Summer 2008) Chorus member of the opera “The Crucible” (2008) Accepted to Italian Opera Experience (2007) Soloist on University of Northern Iowa Honors Recital (Jan. 19, 2007) NATS semifinalist, graduate division (Nov.4, 2006) Professional member of Cherry Grove United Methodist Church Choir (2) Attended UC-CCM, French horn performance (1) Studied with Duane Dugger 2nd place – Young Artist Competition, French horn (1997) 4 year Iowa All-State, French horn (1) Participated in every honor band & competition possible (1)

Experience Teaching:

Taught private lessons in French horn, voice, piano, and trumpet since 2001.   Vocal coach for the School for Creative and Performing Arts (2016-present). Taught music classes at Summit Academy Transitional High School (2)   Taught music classes at Columbus Humanities, Arts & Technology Academy (2)   Directed extracurricular choir – Columbus Humanities, Arts & Technology Academy (2)   Director of Student Summer Band Program (Summer 2008)   Vocal Masterclass Instructor, Webster City High School (March 29, 2009)   University of Northern Iowa Children’s Choir Assistant (2009)
Age Group Taught:
  • Young Adult Adult
Genres Taught:
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Acoustic
Lessons Locations:
  • Teacher 's Studio
  • Webcam
Availability:
Day Start Time End Time
  • Mon off off
  • Tue off off
  • Wed 4:30pm 7:00pm
  • Thu 6:30pm 7:00pm
  • Fri 6:00pm 7:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am 4:00pm
  • Sun off off
Map:
Points of Interest in Lower Manhattan
Media:
Review:
Review
Title
Review
Your Ratings
Rate the Quality of Lesson
Your Name:
Captcha
Overall Rating based on 12 review(s): (10)
Rate the Quality of Lesson
 (10/10)
Need Help Choosing?

Please call 800.827.6521 for an instructor near you.