Sara Wilkins has established herself as a versatile and energetic cellist in the Boston area. An active freelancer, she has toured with the Tarab Cello Ensemble, performed with the American Chamber Opera in Chicago, and served as principal cellist of Calliope, New England Repertory Orchestra, and Sounds of Stow. Recent appearances include ALEA III, Symphony Nova, North Shore Philharmonic, Company Theatre, Concord Players, and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. An ardent advocate of new music, Sara has participated in many premieres as a member of Time’s Arrow and has collaborated with renowned composers including Richard Wernick, David Rakowski, and Augusta Read Thomas. She performed in the orchestra for Robert Helps: Orchestral Works released by Albany Records in 2009.
An experienced teacher, Sara is currently on faculty at the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, All Newton Music School, and the Belmont Public Schools Saturday music program. She has taught cello, violin, group strings, and general music to students ranging in age from 2 to 70. As a theory tutor at the University of South Florida, she taught sight-singing and dictation for two years.
Sara is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is currently an ABD doctoral candidate at Boston University and is writing her dissertation. Sara earned her master’s degree at the Roosevelt University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida, where she also received the Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Award. Her teachers include Scott Kluksdahl, Richard Hirschl, and Rhonda Rider.