Pianist Sara Parkinson has performed widely as soloist, chamber musician, and vocal collaborator throughout the United States and Switzerland. She has held the position of staff pianist at Cornell College in Iowa, the Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO), and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She spent the 2009 season as chorus master and vocal coach at Emerald City Opera (Steamboat Springs). Festival appearances include Aspen, Musicorda Chamber Music Festival (MA), and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She has collaborated with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Arneis String Quartet. Sara has been accompanying group lessons and solo recitals for Boulder Suzuki Strings since 2006.
Ms. Parkinson performed in concert with the horn section of the Colorado Symphony at the International Horn Symposium and in faculty recital at Metro State in Denver. Sara has also appeared with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Michael Christie. The 2011-2012 season includes a performance with the Cheyenne Symphony and in faculty recital at the University of Wyoming.
Sara received her Bachelor of Music degree with academic honors in her native Iowa and completed her Master of Music degree with honors in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Upon graduation, she spent two years teaching music at a private boarding school in Leysin, Switzerland. In May 2010, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she held a full assistantship with duties in both the opera and instrumental departments. Her teachers have included Joseph Kalichstein, Gabriel Chodos, Sergey Schepkin, Victor Rosenbaum, and Anne Epperson. Chamber music coachings have included members of the Guarneri, Muir, and Takacs Quartets.