Sara Wilkins has established herself as a versatile and energetic cellist in the Boston area. An active performer, she has toured and given masterclasses with the Tarab Cello Ensemble and performed with the American Chamber Opera in Chicago. Recent appearances include the Newton Free Library, Worcester Chorus, Portsmouth Symphony, and Speakeasy Stage.
An ardent advocate of new music, Dr. Wilkins premiered many works as a member of Time’s Arrow new music ensemble. Her performance has been called, “remarkable for its sensitivity, ensemble responsiveness, and intelligibility.” She led the Boston University Cello Choir in its premiere of Theodore Antoniou’s octet and has collaborated with renowned composers including Richard Wernick, Augusta Read Thomas, David Rakowski, and Lyle Davidson. Sara also performed in the orchestra for Robert Helps: Orchestral Works released by Albany Records.
Called a “curious and intelligent scholar with a vivid, engaged mind” by her advisor, Dr. Wilkins wrote her dissertation about music for cello inspired by poetry. She explored the various methods by which composers conveyed poetry using the cello, an instrument commonly compared to the voice. The project culminated in the commission of a piece for soprano and cello by Chris LaRosa. Her writing has also been published by the peer-reviewed journal American String Teacher.
An experienced teacher, Dr. Wilkins is currently on faculty at All Newton Music School, Sharon Music Academy, and Dexter-Southfield. She has taught cello, violin, group strings, and general music to students ranging in age from 2 to 77. As a theory tutor at the University of South Florida, Sara taught sight-singing and dictation for two years. Her cello students have won auditions for the SEMSBA and MMEA District Festival Orchestras, and prizes in the Crescendo Competition and Milton Festival.
Dr. Wilkins is a member of the American String Teachers Association. She completed her doctorate at Boston University after earning her master’s degree at Roosevelt University. Sara graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida, where she received the Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Award and was on the Dean’s List. Her teachers include Rhonda Rider, Richard Hirschl, Scott Kluksdahl, and Javier Caballero.
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