Hometown: Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada
Education: B.Mus, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick
B.Ed, Redeemer University College, Ontario
M.Mus, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey
MLitt, ITIA, University of St Andrews
Under the supervision of George Corbett, Sarah is researching how music is (and does) theology. To do so, she is focusing on three contemporary Passion settings (St Luke Passion by Scottish composer James MacMillan, Passio by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and The Gospel According to the Other Mary by American composer John Adams) to ascertain how these works engage atonement theology via their composers’ respective faith traditions.
Sarah’s professional musical career includes highlights such as developing a music appreciation curriculum geared toward private and home schools, expanding a small children’s choir in Ontario into a regional standard of excellence, and founding a choir in Princeton for adults with mental and physical disabilities. Besides choral conducting, Sarah occasionally sang soprano for various Roman Catholic and Anglican liturgies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and southern Ontario; and continues to sing as much as she can in St Andrews.