Sarah Graf is an active performing cellist and cello teacher in western Colorado. Sarah holds a bachelor’s of music degree in cello performance with Performer’s Certificate honors from the Eastman School of Music. She has attended and performed in the Freiburg Ensemble Academie, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Sarah performs solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope, including performances in the Music in the West End Recital Series in Aspen, CO from 2014 to 2017 as well as the Western Slope Concert Series in Grand Junction, CO. She played on the inaugural Salon at Justice Snows in 2012 and enjoys bringing classical music shows to unexpected venues, such as Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale. She performs regularly as a part of a violin and cello duo with violinist, Brittni Brown. She first came to Aspen in 2006 and has since called the valley her home.
Alongside her love of performing, Sarah enjoys sharing the experience of serious musical study and performance with the next generation of young cellists. She has completed registered Suzuki teacher training with Pamela Devenport in Ithaca, NY and Ann Grabe in Newberg, Oregon. She has a private studio of students from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley region.
Sarah began playing cello at the age of 9 in a public school program in Frederick, Maryland and went on to attend the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, MD. She believes strongly in continuing the tradition of classical music study and the importance of music education in the schools. Sarah is Executive Director of the nonprofit Roaring Fork Music Society, the organization that runs the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, where Sarah also serves as a mentor to the student cellists.
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.