Mrs. Sarah Boren

Harp, Piano Teacher

Sarah Boren

SAA Member


Quincy, IL
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Sarah (Javaux) Boren graduated with a Master’s degree in Harp Performance from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2015, where she studied with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen. Sarah spent her first post-graduate year in the Philadelphia area directing the Temple Music Preparatory Harp Ensemble, serving on the faculty at the Moorestown School of Music as a Suzuki harp and piano instructor, as well as serving on the support staff of the Virginia Harp Center of New Jersey. This summer Sarah returned to the Midwest to open the Javaux Music School in Quincy, IL with mother Stephanie Javaux (violin) and brother Stephen Javaux (cello).

Sarah served on the Birch Creek Music Festival Faculty in the summer of 2016 (Door County, WI), where she performed in faculty concerts and lead the harp section in orchestral performances. She also looks forward to a Fall collaboration with Quincy Artist Series “Sunday Music Presents,” where she and soprano Tabitha Burchett will present a program of works for harp and voice. Sarah plans to maintain her career as a performer by giving solo performances at venues such as Vermont Street United Methodist Church and the Illinois Veterans’ Home, as well as throughout Quincy and the Tri-State Area. Sarah will continue her partnership with the Virginia Harp Center by serving as a Teacher Ambassador for the store, extending their inventory to harpists in the Midwest.

Sarah graduated in May 2013 with honors from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, Illinois) where she studied with Faye Seeman, principal harpist for the Chicago Sinfonietta and long time principal harpist with the Joffrey Ballet. While between degree programs in summer 2013, Sarah continued her involvement with the harp by serving on the faculty of the Young Artist Harp Seminar (Rabun Gap, GA) where she conducted harp ensembles, ran daily music business workshops, and taught masterclasses as well as individual lessons. Sarah also participated in the Fellowship Program at the Saratoga Harp Colony (Saratoga Springs, NY) where she was a featured performer on the opening Gala concert.

Sarah (Javaux) began studying the piano at age 8, and has actively maintained her piano career by accompanying and by involvement in local arts activities. She has gained extensive experience both as a vocal and instrumental accompanist, performing for high school and adult choirs as well as for violin studios in her hometown.

Currently Sarah pursues her love of the piano through her teaching and accompanying at the recently founded Javaux Music School, where she teaches with her mother Stephanie Javaux (Violin) and brother Stephen Javaux (Cello). Although Sarah chose to earn her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in harp, she continued her piano studies during both programs, with Dr. Paul Sanchez (Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL), and with her involvement in the arts in South Jersey during her Master’s program.

Because the piano was Sarah’s first introduction to music the instrument remains close to her heart. Sarah values the opportunity to pass on the gift of music to young students through the piano as well as through the harp.