Sarah teaches voice in Highland Park, Illinois. Until recently, she taught privately at Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building for twelve years. Prior to this, she taught undergraduate voice at Belmont University working with CCM (contemporary commercial musicians), Bluegrass and Country singers, and was the head of the voice department at the Metropolis Performing Arts School in Arlington Heights.
Sarah’s students include singers of all ages and levels from beginners to touring members of Broadway In Chicago musicals, as well as commercial and recording artist. Her students have performed at The Goodman Theater, Second City, and as leads in musicals and operettas in the greater Chicagoland area. Sarah has prepared high school students who have auditioned for and been accepted to nationally recognized performing arts schools and conservatories for both classical voice and musical theater.
For eight years, Sarah was a teaching artist with The Lyric Opera of Chicago's OperaKids! program. This year long residency in Chicago public schools focuses on integrating opera into age appropriate curriculum. During this program, Sarah produced and directed an opera written by the students during this residency, as well as Stone Soup, an opera commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
As an instructor of musical theater, Sarah co-founded two training programs: The Chicago Broadway Studio, an avenue for training young singing actors, and The Broadway Vocal Arts Summer Intensive Program for college students.
A member of the National Association for Teachers of Singing, Sarah served on the board for six years as co-chair for the Musical Theater competition and as an adjudicator for both musical theater and classical competitions. She was awarded a National Association for Teachers of Singing Independent Teacher Fellowship in 2011.
Sarah holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy & Performance from Belmont University and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Samford University with continued studies in vocal pedagogy with Richard Miller and David Jones.
Sarah has also been trained as a Level II Singing Voice Specialist (SVS). As a SVS, she is skilled in singing voice therapy principles and planning, techniques for singing behavior change, and principles in therapeutic songs, and holistic methods for preventing vocal re-injury. In addition to singing training, Sarah has also studied human anatomy and physiology to fully understand how our muscles function and the breathing process during the singing.
Sarah lives in Highland Park, IL with her husband, Tim, who is a master luthier at Schroeder Amplification, Inc.