Sarah Graf is a cello teacher and performer living in Carbondale, Colorado. Ms. Graf holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with Performer’s Certificate Honors from the Eastman School of Music and has taken part in many music festivals including the Freiburg Ensemble Academie, the Aspen Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. Ms. Graf’s Suzuki teacher training includes Levels 1 and 2 with teacher Pamela Davenport at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute in Ithaca, NY and Level 3 with Ann Grabe at the Oregon Suzuki Institute.
Ms. Graf has organized and performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope of Colorado. These include performances in the Western Slope Concert Series in Grand Junction, CO the Music in the West End concert series in Aspen, CO and the Sunday concert series at the Montrose Library. Ms. Graf is also a cellist with the Roaring Fork Chamber Players, a group of professional musicians who organize and perform classical music concerts for diverse audiences throughout the western slope. In 2013, Sarah brought the performers of the Roaring Fork Chamber Players into Steve’s Guitars for the venue’s inaugural classical music show with great success. Sarah has also performed in the 2012 and 2013 Salons at Justice Snows in Aspen, CO, a series modeled on the unique performance series taking place in Philadephia, PA. Sarah has also recorded with numerous local artists and bands and enjoys finding ways to add cello into untraditional settings. During her time at Eastman, Ms. Graf was active in both the contemporary and early music scenes performing with the Ossia New Music Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Collegium Musicum. Ms. Graf’s cello studies include work with such acclaimed teachers as Alan Harris, Troy Stuart, and Steven Doane. She has also played in masterclasses and workshops for Ronald Leonard, Guido Larisch, and Bobby McFerrin.
Ms. Graf has taught cello lessons for more than ten years in both her home town of Frederick, Maryland and in the area surrounding Aspen, Colorado. She maintains a studio of private cello students and is the strings teacher at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork where she teaches 10 classes each week to mixed string ensembles in grades 4 through 8. Ms. Graf is also the cello mentor and the executive director of the Roaring Fork Music Society, a nonprofit organization which includes the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestras and the Roaring Fork Chamber Players. Since 2011 Ms. Graf has worked with students of the orchestras as a section coach and cello teacher as well as collaborating with the music director and other mentors on the music selection and curriculum. She also enjoys coaching chamber music ensembles including the Highland String Quartet, a group of Aspen High School students who perform frequently in the Aspen, CO area.