Sarah Christianson - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Sarah Christianson

Moos Elementary Percussion Coach

As a performer, music educator, and arts administrator, Sarah Christianson plays a dynamic role in the music community of greater Chicago. She has played timpani with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and West Michigan Symphony, among others. As a new music artist, she regularly performs with the Chicago Composers Orchestra and is a member of The Achelois Collective, a cross-country chamber group dedicated to social justice.

In addition to teaching with CYSO, Ms. Christianson is on the teaching faculty for The People’s Music School and Making Waves, a STEAM curriculum pioneered by Third Coast Percussion and the University of Notre Dame. She also leads a private teaching studio and serves on the administrative staff at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Who is your favorite composer and why?

Aaron Copland is one of my favorite composers. I love how he portrays America in his compositions. With his open chords and bright tonalities, I can often imagine a vast prairie scene or a bright, vibrant sunset when I listen to his pieces. These pictures of America are so different than what I see living in Chicago, and it’s fun to be transported to a different spot in the country when I listen to Copland’s music.

What is the first album/CD/cassette you ever bought?

I think my first CD was *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. While my music tastes have certainly developed and changed since then, I still have a soft spot for *NSYNC and other 90s boy bands!

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