Sarah Bish

Cello Faculty

Sarah Bish made her solo debut in 2008, performing with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic after winning first prize in the Virtuoso-in-Progress Concerto Competition. She earned her master’s in music in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; bachelor of music in cello performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM.

Her principal teachers include Jonathan Spitz, Astrid Schween, Merry Peckham, and Madeleine Golz, with additional instruction from Steven Doane, Timothy Eddy, and Alisa Weilerstein.

Sarah has made appearances at festivals such as the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, the Chautauqua Institute, the Aria International Music Academy, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Luzerne Music Center during the summer.

She is a Young Artist Fellow alumna at the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop and fellow at the Summer Music School, where she worked closely with Itzhak and Toby Perlman and performed in chamber music concerts with Itzhak Perlman.

As an avid private cello teacher, Sarah completed her Suzuki Pedagogy certification with Melissa Kraut and was the substitute Suzuki cello teacher at the Sato Center at CIM in 2013-14. She is currently on faculty at the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey and has a private cello studio in New Jersey. She was the cello studio teaching assistant to Astrid Schween at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she participated in the Graduate Quartet Program and performed as a soloist with the university's symphony orchestra. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of musical arts from Rutgers University, where she is also a co-adjutant. In her free time, Sarah enjoys baking, running, and watching nature documentaries.