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Sarah A. Dawson
428 Cloverdale Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
(412) 855-7487
sadawson55@gmail.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EDUCATION .................................................................................................................... 2

WORK EXPERIENCE ................................................................................................. 2

CONDUCTING EXPERIENCE...................................................................................... 3

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE...................................................................................... 3

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE ....................................................................................... 3

HONORS AND AWARDS ............................................................................................... 4

PRIVATE TEACHERS ................................................................................................... 4

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS .............................................................................. 4


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EDUCATION
• Grove City College, BM, Music Education anticipated graduation, 2021
o Trumpet and Voice emphasis

WORK EXPERIENCE _____


Grove City College 2018-present
• Teaching Assistant for Dr. Jeffrey Tedford, Chair of Department of Music
o Symphony & Chamber Orchestras
▪ Conducting assistant
▪ Rehearsal and performance equipment set-up
▪ Music library maintenance and music distribution
o Conducting Courses
o Administrative Work
▪ Record keeping and filing
▪ Organizational tasks
o Recruitment Efforts
▪ Student representative for the Department of Music at collegewide and
Department of Music-specific recruiting events
▪ Work toward generating new recruitment and outreach initiatives
• Student Assistant, Department of Music
o Building maintenance and monitoring
▪ Communicating the needs of the Department of Music regarding
facilities and quality maintenance
▪ Trained in nightly lock-up procedures and building inspection
o Administrative Work
▪ Filing and organizational tasks
o Concert and Event Management
▪ Ushering and technical direction for student recitals and concert
performances
• Social Media Manager, Department of Music
o Development of Facebook and Instagram presence on behalf of the Department
of Music
o Creation and implementation of new content
o Videography and video editing work for virtual concert series

Self-Employed 2019-present
• Lessons in voice and trumpet
• Private lesson instruction for students in elementary, middle and high school

Jeter Backyard Theater – Pittsburgh, PA 2017-2019


• Assistant Stage Director, Music Director, Choreographer & Stage Manager
• Worked on various pilot productions and new works initiatives under Music Theatre
International, iTheatrics & Disney Theatrical Group
• Creative team for pilot productions of Frozen Jr. and Frozen KIDS presented originally at
the 2019 Junior Theater Festival, New Works Showcase
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CONDUCTING EXPERIENCE
Grove City College Symphony Orchestra 2019-present
• Student conductor under the instruction of Dr. Jeffrey Tedford
• Preparation and performance of Poet & Peasant Overture throughout the 2019-2020
academic year
• Assistant rehearsal conducting as needed, per Dr. Tedford’s request

Grove City College Chamber Orchestra 2020-present


• Assistant rehearsal conducting as needed, per Dr. Tedford’s request

Trumpet Ensemble, Grove City College 2019-present


• Musical direction and rehearsal direction
• Repertoire selection
• Performance scheduling and management

Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Brass Band 2019


• Conducting and rehearsal assistant to Mr. Drew Fennell
• Conducted in rehearsal and public performance

Grove City College Wolverine Marching Band 2019-2020


• Drum Major for two marching seasons
• Conducted in rehearsal and public performance

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE
• Grove City College Symphony & Chamber Orchestras, principal trumpet 2018-present
• Grove City College Wind Ensemble & Concert Band, 1st cornet 2018-present
• Grove City College Trumpet Ensemble, student director & 1st trumpet 2019-present
• Grove City College Touring & Concert Choirs, Alto 2 & alto soloist 2019-present
• Opera & Musical Theater Workshops, Grove City College 2019-present
• Principal Actress in premiere of new musical, Antigone & the King Spring 2020
• Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, principal trumpet 2014-2017

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE___________________________________
Grove City College Symphony Orchestra
• Past President 2020-present
• Principal Trumpet 2018-present
• President 2018-2020

Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, Grove City College Chapter


• Past President 2020-present
• President 2019-2020
• Vice President 2018-2019

Wolverine Marching Band, Grove City College


• Librarian 2017-2019
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HONORS AND AWARDS______________________________________


• Arnold Family Band Scholarship Award (2020)
• Trustee Scholar, Grove City College (continuous award based on merit, 2017-present)
• Dean’s List, Grove City College (2017-present)
• Future Music Educators Honors Symposium, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
(2017)
• Remarkable Futures Leadership Scholarship, Chick-fil-A (2016 & 2017, two-time
recipient)
• John Philip Sousa Band Award, The Instrumentalist (2017)
• Outstanding Orator Award, City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference (2017)

PRIVATE TEACHERS
Conducting
• Dr. Jeffrey Tedford (2018-present)

Trumpet
• Jeffrey Nicodemus (2009-2012)
• Larry Lucas (2012-2017)
• Drew Fennell (2017-2020)

Voice
• Susan Young (2011-2013)
• Jennifer Novotny (2013-2015)
• Dr. Sasha Piastro-Tedford (2018-present)

Piano
• Rebekah Jorgenson-Stringert (2009-2012)
• Barbara Lyn Thompson Marsh (2012-2017)
• Dr. Melva Huebert (2018-2019)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
• National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
• Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA)