Biography

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Dr. Sarah Masterson is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Newberry College in Newberry, SC.  Dr. Masterson also serves as the Coordinator of Music Theory, Department of Music Social Media Manager, Freshmen Faculty Mentor, and the founding Artistic Director of the college’s piano competition.  As an SCMTA board member, Dr. Masterson serves as Coordinator of Junior Competitions.  She is also an active member of the College Music Society and American Guild of Organists.  Prior to joining the Newberry College faculty, she was on faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University and Fitchburg State University.

Dr. Masterson’s recent research focuses on the work of 20th-century American women composers, and she presented related lecture-recitals at the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford and 2016 CMS Mid-Atlantic Conference.  In 2016, she also published a book review in the American Music Teacher magazine.  As a performer, Dr. Masterson has performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the DePauw Orchestra, and the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra; she will be performing with the Newberry College Wind Ensemble in fall 2017.   She currently maintains an active performance schedule throughout New England, the Midwest, and Southeast.

In 2011, Dr. Masterson completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Connecticut, with a major concentration of piano performance and a minor area of emphasis in music theory.  Past instructors include Dr. Neal Larrabee, Prof. Claude Cymerman, and Phyllis Niednagel.