Dr. Sarah Masterson is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Newberry College in Newberry, SC. Dr. Masterson also serves as the Coordinator of Music Theory, Director of Department of Music Social Media, and the founding Artistic Director of the Darr Wise Piano Competition. She is an active member of the MTNA, 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 and 2018 Women Composers Festival of Hartford and 2016 and 2018 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, the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and the Newberry College Wind Ensemble. She currently maintains an active performance schedule throughout New England, the Midwest, and Southeast. Her newly-formed Masterson Ensemble recently presented a concert at Steinway Hall in New York and toured the Southeast in the 2019-2020 school year.
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.