Sara recently graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh PA, where she studied classical guitar with professor James Ferla. During her time in Pittsburgh, Sara was featured as a concerto soloist with the CMU Classical Guitar Ensemble and performed with chamber group pairings ranging from renaissance vocalists, to string quartets, to banjo players. She performed as a freelancer throughout the city, playing in locations such as the Phipps Botanical Gardens, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Kresge Theater, and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Prior to her time in Pittsburgh, Sara studied guitar at the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore MD, where she performed with the guitar orchestra and participated in a master class with Julian Gray.
Now residing in Boston, Sara is excited to make her mark as a freelance musician in the area. With her unique background in performance, audio engineering and sound design, she is well equipped to provide a thoughtful and cohesive musical experience tailored to suit your event. From intimate wedding ceremonies to loud cocktail parties, Sara will work with you to ensure the music selection and sound system design create the perfect atmosphere for your guests. The classical guitar is a quiet instrument, so some sound reinforcement or amplification will be needed for most events. Sara is able to provide and set up her own amplification equipment, or work with an existing set up.
To book Sara as a musician for your next event, please request a quote on GigMasters and she will get back to you within 24 hours. Sara can put together a program of music from her extensive repertoire list tailored to your event and musical preferences, and is also happy to take song requests. Below are some recordings of Sara playing her favorite pieces:
Mixing and Mastering
During her time at Carnegie Mellon, Sara worked as a sound engineer in the Vladmir Recording Studio. She was responsible running recording sessions and mixing tracks for local Pittsburgh artists. Below are several samples of Sara's mixing and mastering work from a variety of genres. All tracks were edited using Pro Tools.
New age rock cello. Composed and performed by Simon Cummings.
For electronic composition and sound design, Sara’s weapons of choice are Max MSP, PureData and Logic. Recently her generative composition “Color Bursts,” created with Julian Koreniowksy, ran on a Raspberry Pi for 6 months as a sound installation in the butterfly garden exhibit at Phipps Botanical Garden and Conservatory. Sara’s work is inspired by classical music, fantasy soundtracks, and algorithms. Below are some selected tracks of Sara’s electronic composition projects. More can be found scattered throughout her software portfolio page.
Collaboration with Julian Koreniowsky. Generative composition created with PureData and Logic, inspired by the vibrant flowers in a Pittsburgh butterfly garden.