Sarah Masterson, pianist, received a B.A. in physics and a Performer’s Certificate from DePauw University, and a M.M. and D.M.A. in performance from the University of Connecticut. As the winner of the 2001 Young Artist competition, she performed with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. At DePauw, she performed as soloist with the DePauw Symphony Orchestra, accompanied a variety of recitals and musical theater productions, and performed as part of DePauw’s annual Music of the 21st Century festival. She has also participated in master classes with several artists, including Vladimir Viardo and Jon Nakamatsu. Previous teachers include Prof. Claude Cymerman and Phyllis Niednagel.
Dr. Masterson completed her doctoral degree in performance at the University of Connecticut, where she studied with Dr. Neal Larrabee. At UConn, she performed as part of the UConn Wind Ensemble, the UConn Chamber Music Festival, and the William Benton Museum of Art’s RecitalsPlus series. As winner of the graduate division in UConn’s 2009 concerto competition, Dr. Masterson performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the UConn orchestra. In March 2010, her piano trio performed as part of the prestigious Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Classics Series.
Dr. Masterson currently teaches piano and music theory at Newberry College in Newberry, SC, and maintains an active performance schedule. She is a member of the College Music Society and the MTNA, and she will have a book review published in the June/July 2016 edition of the MTNA’s American Music Teacher. Her recent research involves piano works by 20th century American women composers, and she has presented lecture-recitals on this topic at the Musical Club of Hartford and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford.