Sarah Broomell

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Sarah Broomell, performer, instructor, choral director and musical director taught music theory and piano in the theatre division of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at UC-Santa Barbara with undergraduate studies at Baylor University. Sarah instructed ear training at Montana State University and University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She directed the St. James Episcopal Church Choir in Bozeman, Montana, the UBC Women’s Choir at UBC-Vancouver and the Debut Choir of the Central Coast Children’s Choir in San Luis Obispo, California. Dr. Broomell taught piano skills at the Montana State University School of Music, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. She was musical director for the Arlington Children’s Theater productions Annie and Once on This Island as well as Children of Eden for Middlesex Summer Arts in Concord. She was staff pianist for vocalists at Boston Conservatory, Opera San Luis Obispo, the University of Miami at Salzburg and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She was founding artistic director of the Young Singers Club Performing Arts in Bozeman, MT. She is a former Music Together® instructor and music for young children enthusiast.

Birthday – February 28

Schools Attended – University of California – Santa Barbara, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, Baylor University – Waco, TX

Instruments You Teach – Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele

Favorite Music to Perform – In the past year (2020-2021), my favorite performance experiences were playing and singing worship songs on Sunday mornings with the band at my church in Bozeman, MT and playing hymns for funerals (for real!)  Recently singing Martin Sexton songs with the Family Folk Chorale in Arlington.  

Favorite Music to Listen to – I love everything with Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, I’m With Her, Mark Knopfler, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Sting, and Innocence Mission
 
Something most people don’t know about you – I spent 3 months in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1995 teaching English
 
Other hobbies & interests – I love knitting, hiking, going to Good Harbor, learning about regenerative agriculture and ancestral eating and wellness
 
Where you were born & grew up – I was born in Springfield, Missouri and grew up in southeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri
 
Heros – Chris Thile, Kelly Brogan, Joel Salatin, Tara Couture, Sara Baker
 
Practice Tips – Listen to the music you are learning. When you encounter a challenging spot in your music, isolate that passage and repeat it until it’s easy.  If done correctly, this will be quite annoying to anyone listening!
  
I’m a mom of a young man who is a freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington.  I have a sweet orange tabby male cat named Tonto.