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Sarah Young is a pianist, lyric mezzo-soprano, and piano teacher based in Bowie, MD. She is chairperson of the Bowie-Glenn Dale Center for the National Guild of Piano Teachers and is a board member of the Music Teachers Association of Bowie. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and went on to study at the University of Maryland under a full Creative and Performing Arts scholarship with Dr. Mayron Tsong and Linda Mabbs. She graduated cum laude in 2017 with a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.A. in Vocal Performance. Mrs. Young then attended Stony Brook University in NY where she studied piano with Gilbert Kalish and voice with Brenda Harris, graduating in 2020 with her M.M. in Piano Performance.


At the age of 15, Mrs. Young débuted with both the Capital City Symphony and the JMU Symphony Orchestra as a competition winner in DC and VA. The previous year, she placed 2nd in the NSO Young Soloist’s Competition and performed at the Kennedy Center Mainstage. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Mrs. Young placed 2nd in the UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. The following year, she won the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition in Alexandria, VA. In the summer of 2017, Mrs. Young participated in the PianoTexas International Academy & Festival and worked with Christopher Elton, Anton Nel, and Harold Martina. Mrs. Young has also participated in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Brian Ganz, and Anthony DeMare.


Mrs. Young is also an experienced instrumental, choral, and vocal accompanist and chamber player. Currently, Mrs. Young is the collaborative artist for the Chesapeake Chorale and also makes up one half of the piano-voice duo Les Chevelures, which had its international début in Paris at the 2021 Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition. She also accompanied the Stony Brook Chorale and Camerata during their 2018-2019 season and played in numerous chamber groups at Stony Brook University, receiving coachings from Alan Kay, James Smith, Eduardo Leandro, Arnaud Sussman, and Frank Morelli. During her time at SBU, Mrs. Young was a member of the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble, where she received coachings and harpsichord instruction under Arthur Haas.


Mrs. Young is especially passionate about New Music and premiered numerous compositions at the New Music at Maryland recital series. In 2013, she was invited to collaborate with the New Street Dance Group in a performance of two new works for chamber ensemble by Alexandra Bryant at the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia. In December of 2016, Mrs. Young was selected to perform Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage. Most recently, Mrs. Young participated in the Nief-Norf 2018 summer music festival in Knoxville, TN, where she studied with Andrea Lodge and performed works by Nina Young, Ashley Fure, Frederic Rzweski, Sidney Boquiren, and Thomas Meadowcroft. Mrs. Young also performed in the Stony Brook Composer’s Concerts from 2018-2020, where she had the opportunity to perform and premiere new works by student composers, as well as works by up and coming composers from all over the world.  


Mrs. Young is also a mezzo-soprano and has studied with Linda Mabbs and Brenda Harris. In 2013, she won the Golden Voices of America Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall. At UMD, Mrs. Young performed as a chorus member in the Maryland Opera Studio’s productions of Don Giovanni and Regina. In 2019, Mrs. Young performed with the Stony Brook Opera as a chorus member in Dido & Aeneas and débuted in her first role as Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmélites.


Mrs. Young's goal as a musician is to provide audiences of all ages and backgrounds with a deeply moving concert experience. Whether performing solo or collaborative music, Classical or New Music, she believes live concerts should be accessible to everyone. Furthermore, she is passionate about furthering the reach of New Music. Classical music is not limited to the music of bygone centuries--it is still alive and well, and ever-evolving. She wants to show audiences that New Music comprises a plethora of different styles ranging from the avant-garde experimentalism to minimalism, incorporating jazz, rock, bluegrass, and non-Western styles, and that within this wealth of music, there is something for everyone. Mrs. Young wants to help general audiences connect deeply with both Classical and New Music by offering a more educational, interactive, and unique concert experience. By helping audiences to establish context between past and contemporary Classical music, and to understand the merging of various contemporary styles and traditions, she hopes to help New Music reach a wider audience so that it can enjoy the appreciation it deserves.

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