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Sara Chiesa

Sara Chiesa

Biography

Coach/Pianist SARA CHIESA has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Recently, she was the Music Director & Pianist for a brand-new, immersive adaptation of R. Strauss' Four Last Songs at the Alchemical. She is currently a Professor of Music and Music Director at Molloy College in New York City, and she has recently worked on the Music Faculty of Utah State University as Head of Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching.

Regional credits include: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Music Director/On-stage Pianist, Highlands Playhouse) Oklahoma! (Music Director/On-stage Pianist, Highlands Playhouse), Always… Patsy Cline (Music Director/On-stage Pianist, Highlands Playhouse), The Secret Garden (Music Director/Keys 1, UFOMT), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Keys 2, UFOMT), The Pirates of Penzance (Music Director, UFOMT), Side by Side by Sondheim (Music Director/On-stage Pianist, Resonance Works).

Sara has performed with New Opera Singapore, Arizona Opera, Chicago Summer Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Saratoga, Virginia Opera, V.O.I.C.Experience, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses, and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Additionally, she has worked as a Guest Artist Coach with l’Opéra de Montréal, Fort Worth Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. She holds piano performance degrees from Oakland University (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.) as well as a Doctor of Music in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University.

Sara resides in New York City where she maintains a private vocal coaching studio represented on regional stages, at the Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, and off-Broadway. She has also worked as the vocal coach for television personalities Kesav Wable and Peppermint from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • D.C./Baltimore Area

Expertise

  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist

Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice

Software

  • GarageBand
  • MainStage
  • Other

Preferred Pronouns

  • She/Her