Sarah Kim is a native of the Pacific Northwest and is a versatile musician, trained in voice and having piano as her first instrument before pursuing voice. Whether it is teaching piano or voice or having experience teaching basic music classes to kids, teaching group voice classes, or directing music, she enjoys teaching those whose ages range from 7 to 65. Sarah sings and plays various styles including opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, concert, chamber, contemporary, and sacred music. She has been teaching since 2003, having had students in Flagstaff, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and in the Portland/Vancouver area. Most recently, Sarah received her Doctor of Music in Voice Performance from University of Nevada Las Vegas and her Master of Arts in Arts Management from University of Oregon on a Teaching Fellowship and Full Scholarship. She has served as an instructor at both universities as well.
Sarah likes to individualize each lesson for each student’s skill level, ability, and their most effective method of learning (visual, auditory, or both), incorporating musicianship skills (theory, sight-singing, ear-training, fundamental piano) and artistic performance presentation with utmost confidence. Her favorite opera highlights include: Rose in At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie (UNLV Opera), Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (UO Opera), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Cascadia Concert Opera), Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore (Eugene Opera), Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (St. Petersburg Opera), Musetta in La Bohème (Portland Opera To-Go), Belinda in Dido and Aeneas (Intermezzo Opera). Musical theater roles range from: Lady Thiang in The King and I (Broadway Rose), where Willamette Week exclaimed “But the best performance on opening night came from opera singer Sarah Kim as Mongkut’s head wife, Lady Thiang.”; to Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Triangle Productions).
Recent concert works include: Clérambault’s Orphée, with UNLV’s Early Music Ensemble, Mozart’s Requiem with Bravo! Vancouver, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Portland Vocal Consort. Concurrently, she has been a soloist with Oregon East Symphony, Henderson Symphony, was a finalist for NATSAA Oregon Competition, Rimrock Opera Competition, and Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. As an arts administrator, Sarah has a passion for investing in arts organizations, advocating outreach and keeping the influence of the arts alive for current and future generations. She immensely enjoys teaching and is looking forward to the upcoming musical and teaching opportunities! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, drinking coffee, hiking, yoga, and is a foodie.