Sarah Shapiro

Sarah S.

Northfield, MN
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About

Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

As a Sophomore at St. Olaf College double majoring in composition and vocal music education, I live and breathe music! I have been teaching for six years now, having started out mentoring children in the Royal School of Church Music, a program founded in music theory, sight reading, vocal technique, and responsibility.

I am also a freelance composer with multiple years of composition and music theory experience. I can mentor students of all ages and abilities in music writing software (particularly MuseScore and Sibelius) and help students channel their inner creativity in composing.

Having taken classical voice lessons for six years, I can teach students proper breath support, vibrato, releasing tension, sound, resonance, and placement. Additionally, I have vast musical theatre and jazz experience and can help students to pull standards in all these genres for their pleasure.

As I am a younger teacher, I relate quite well with my students and have been informed of my patient nature. I am mindful of every student's individual ability and understand that the learning curve varies from person to person. Since I have worked with children for so long, I can easily convey theoretical concepts in different ways, using basic metaphors for a student's understanding.

If you take lessons with me, I guarantee that you will feel more confident in yourself and your musical abilities. And you will be able to see progression from week to week in your voice, as long as you practice and make a real effort! I am here to help.

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Experience

Music Director
Jul 2019 - Present
Ole Ave Vocal Jazz

Music Director of St. Olaf College's Ole Ave Vocal Jazz

Student
Jul 2019 - Present
Aspen Music Festival

Alto in Aspen Music Festival's Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute

Accompanist
Jan 2019 - Present
Solor Lutheran Church

Part-time Accompanist

Section Leader
Sep 2018 - May 2019
The Manitou Singers at St. Olaf College

Soprano 2 Section Leader

Teacher of Singing Club
Mar 2018 - Jun 2018
LEARN 6 Charter School

Mentor for middle school students

Choral Scholar
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
North Shore Choral Society

Choral Scholar leading sectional rehearsals for the Sopranos

Head Chorister
Nov 2012 - Jun 2018
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choir

Head Chorister of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choir and Mentor in the Royal School of Church Music Program

Soprano Member
Nov 2015 - Jan 2018
Illinois Music Educators Association

Soprano member of Illinois Music Educators Association, both in District and All-State Honors Senior Chorus

Assistant Director
Oct 2017 - Dec 2017
New Trier High School

Assistant Director specializing in music for New Trier's Freshman-Sophomore Musical, "Urinetown"

Head Composer
Apr 2017 - Sep 2017
New Trier High School

Head Composer of New Trier's Student-Run and Student-Written Musical, "Lagniappe-Potpourri"

Student
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Participant in Interlochen Arts Camp's Classical Singer Program


Education

Vocal Music Education and Composition
Sep 2018 - Present
St. Olaf College
High School Degree-
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
New Trier High School
Voice
Sep 2016 - Apr 2017
Merit School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

High School Diploma
Jun 2018
New Trier High School

Senior Chorister Ribbon
May 2012
Choir of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Earned the Senior Chorister Ribbon in the Royal School of Church Music

Awards

Best Musicianship
Jun 2018
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choir
Tim Estberg Memorial Scholarship
Apr 2018
New Trier High School

Affiliations

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
Apr 2019

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is a service and professional organization dedicated to strengthening the ministry of worship and music in the Lutheran church. ALCM serves through a wide range of publications, conferences, and local, regional, and national events. Membership is drawn from all major Lutheran bodies and is open to all church musicians, pastors, congregations, and lay people who share the goals of the organization.

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American Guild of Organists
Apr 2019

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2019

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

American Choral Directors Association
Jan 2019

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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American Composers Forum
Jan 2019

The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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Student National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2018

The National Association of Teachers of Singing has fostered the formation of student chapters in order to advance knowledge about the Association and the professions of teaching and singing. A Student NATS (SNATS) Chapter is an organization of students that can meet, hold events and discussions, participate, practice, and learn more about voice teaching as a profession.

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Association of Anglican Musicians
Nov 2012

Recognizing that the music of the church finds its primary expression within the framework of the liturgy, this Association takes as its purpose the elevation, stimulation, and support of music and the allied arts in all their aspects in the Episcopal Church and the larger Anglican tradition, and especially in their relationship to liturgy.

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Jessica L. Aug 14, 2019
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