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:
I have participated in and led many recording sessions in the Vladmir Recording Studio at Carnegie Mellon University as an audio engineer. I have recorded local Pittsburgh artists from a variety of genres including rock, classical, rap, jazz, a cappella and folk using Pro Tools software. In addition to recording artists, I also handle sound editing and mastering of tracks that go through the studio. Below are several samples of my editing and mastering work. All tracks were recorded in the Vladmir Recording Studio and edited using Pro Tools software.
New age rock cello. Composed and performed by Simon Cummings.
Combining my interests in programming and composition, I have been exploring the creative possibilities of using generative algorithms to compose music. I have worked with software such as Max MSP, PureData, Logic and Ableton Live in order to create music that is a mixture of traditional composition and algorithm design.
Color Bursts: This generative composition created with Julian Koreniowsky played in the Butteryfly Garden at the Phipps Botanical Garden and Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA from May to August 2017. It was designed as part of a 12 piece sound installation titled "Metamorphosis", created through algorithms that produce continuously changing sound experiences. This piece, meant to highlight the vibrant flowers in the garden, includes lively percussive elements mixed with rich harmonic textures inspired by and complimentary to the colorful scenery.
Lore: Lore is a fantasy RPG game that is currently in development. The premise of the story revolves around 2 races: the slaves and the titans. The slaves look up to the titans as god-like figures, and rely on them for their magic, though they were forced into slavery by the titans thousands of years ago. In the game, you play as a slave anthropologist collecting various artifacts to learn more about your history, which eventually results in an uprising among your people. This track, composed by Kai Ono and orchestrated by myself in Logic, is intended to create a lowkey, melancholy mood for the background of the game.
Music Box: This composition, created from a single source file of a music box playing Beethoven's Fur Elise, makes use of granular synthesis to obscure one of classical music's most well known pieces. It was created using Nyquist and Audacity.