Sarah Manning Stuart
Teaching Artist Statement
Learning to play the harp can be a rewarding experience at any age. My role as a teacher is to guide my students in acquiring healthy technique and general musicianship so that they may enjoy making beautiful music. Through consistent practice and discipline new skills become regular habits. The greatest joy in teaching is helping students develop as musicians and achieve their potential.
Sarah Manning Stuart has been teaching and performing in the New England area for the past thirteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Sarah had the privilege to study with the renowned harpists: Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonassis, Sarah Ericsson and Ann Hobson Pilot. In addition to teaching private harp lessons, Sarah has developed educational programs that expose children to classical music in the classroom; these programs were piloted at the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. Through positive encouragement and creative lessons, Sarah enjoys teaching others to make music. She started teaching at South Shore Conservatory in 2013
Sarah Manning Stuart holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Sarah had the privilege to study with the renowned harpists: Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonassis, Sarah Ericsson and Ann Hobson Pilot. Nationally and internationally, Sarah has pursued her passion for orchestral and chamber music as a member of various festival orchestras including: the Texas International Festival, the Pierre Monteux Festival, the Bowdoin Chamber Music Festival and the AIMS orchestra of Graz, Austria. She has also served as principal harpist with the New Bedford Symphony, the Cape Cod Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Sarah has released two recordings: Spring Sea and Winter Wonderland. In addition to her musical training, Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oberlin College, an MBA in non-profit management from Boston University and a life-long love of learning. She has been with South Shore Conservatory since 2013.