Cellist Sarah Graf is an avid chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Since moving to Colorado in 2007, Sarah has performed extensively in concert series across the region. Sarah specializes in baroque performance and has played in the Freiburg Baroque Academie and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. In 2019 Sarah created Rocky Mountain Baroque, an early music ensemble. She is principal cellist of the Aspen Choral Society orchestra and has filled in as principal cello with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Sarah received her undergraduate degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alan Harris and Steven Doane, and attended music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and National Orchestral Institute. As Executive Director of the nonprofit Roaring Fork Music Society and program director of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, Sarah is dedicated to sharing the experience of serious musical study and performance with the next generation of young musicians. Sarah teaches cello throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and has completed registered Suzuki teacher training.
Ms. Graf has organized and performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope of Colorado. These include performances in the Western Slope Concert Series in Grand Junction, CO the Music in the West End concert series in Aspen, CO and the Sunday concert series at the Montrose Library. Ms. Graf is also a cellist with the Roaring Fork Chamber Players, a group of professional musicians who organize and perform classical music concerts for audiences throughout the Western Slope. In 2013, she brought the performers of the Roaring Fork Chamber Players to Steve’s Guitars for the venue’s inaugural classical music show. Ms. Graf performed in the 2012 and 2013 Salons at Justice Snows in Aspen, CO and has also recorded with numerous local artists and bands and enjoys finding ways to add cello into untraditional settings.
During her time at Eastman School of Music, Ms. Graf was active in both contemporary and early music performance, working with both the Ossia New Music Ensemble and Collegium Musicum. Ms. Graf’s cello studies include work with such acclaimed teachers as Alan Harris, Steven Doane, and Troy Stuart, and baroque specialists Paul O'dette, Christel Thielmann, and Kristian Bezuidenhout. She has also played in masterclasses and workshops for Ronald Leonard, Guido Larisch, and Bobby McFerrin.
Ms. Graf has taught cello lessons for more than ten years in both her home town of Frederick, Maryland and in the area surrounding Aspen, Colorado. She maintains a studio of private cello students and mentors cellists of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra. Ms. Graf’s Suzuki teacher training includes Levels 1 and 2 with teacher Pamela Davenport at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute in Ithaca, NY, Level 3 with Ann Grabe at the Oregon Suzuki Institute in 2015, and Level 9-10 with David Evenchick at the Suzuki Institute in Montreal, Canada. Ms. Graf is also Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Music Society, a nonprofit organization which includes the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra and the Roaring Fork Chamber Players.