Piano and Music Theory
Sarah Muehlbauer holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied piano with John Salmon and worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (magna cum laude) from Illinois Wesleyan University, studying with R. Kent Cook. Originally from Minneapolis, Sarah also studied piano with Katherine Faricy in MN (University of St. Thomas, MN) and Frances Zazzara during her semester abroad in Austria (Vienna Conservatory). Sarah has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those for pianists Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, Enrico Elisi, Yoshikazu Nagai, and several others.
Sarah enjoys teaching piano to all students with an interest in learning and has taught throughout her collegiate years at UNCG, IWU, and at summer music festivals. At UNCG, she taught private piano lessons to students of various ages and class piano courses to college undergraduates. Sarah has enrolled in piano pedagogy courses during her collegiate study and is also available as an accompanist, as she has experience accompanying all instruments/voice, operas, and choirs.
At IWU, Sarah was a recipient of two alumni distinguished music scholarships, Honors Senior Recital award, and nominated for membership into the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. As a sophomore, she won the Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Competition and performed a concerto with the IWU Civic Orchestra, and was also a finalist in the Eastern Music Festival Solo Competition, which won her a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.).
She has performed in Austria, Bulgaria, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago, Bloomington (IL), Greensboro, and Cincinnati in the past few years. During her bachelor’s and master’s degree study, Sarah gave 6 solo piano, full-length degree recitals and plans to pursue a doctorate in the future. Outside of music, she enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, and pets.