Sarah Freiberg Ellison

Sarah Freiberg

Co-Chair, String Department

Cello

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Listen to Sarah’s story on Belmont Media Podcast Network’s “Power of Music”

Sarah is a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society and Emmanuel Music and performs annually with Blue Hill Bach and the Connecticut and Kennebec Early Music Festivals. Other engagements have included Boston Baroque, San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Portland (Oregon) Baroque.

She is a corresponding editor of and frequent contributor to STRINGS magazine. Sarah’s numerous recordings include solo sonatas by Guerini and Laurenti, and her newest CD, “Have Cellos, Will Travel” with cellist Colleen McGary-Smith is now available on Centaur.

In addition to Powers, she teaches in the Historical Performance department at Boston University and has taught at the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle, the University of California-Davis, and California State University-Fresno. She received her D.M.A. And M.M. Degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, and holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, Brown University (in American Civilization), and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her website is http://www.sarahfreiberg.com

Teaching Philosophy:

It is NEVER too late to start an instrument—it challenges the body and mind and soothes the soul. Cello is a life-long companion. I have taught beginners of all ages as well as students returning after lengthy pauses, graduate students, and professional performers. I approach lessons and practicing as creative endeavors—I take cues from my students and their interests and encourage them to practice actively and with total focus, as I show them to do in their lessons.

Fun Facts

  1. I have a Puggle named Lilly – she has the softest ears. (She’s half Pug, half Beagle.)
  2. I can sing the alphabet backwards, raise each eyebrow separately, and whistle through my tongue – but not simultaneously.
  3. I play baroque cello and viola da gamba – feel free to ask me about performing in style.