Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sarah Becker - Pianist


Trinity University
San Antonio, TX
Bachelor of Arts in Music, with Honors
Cum Laude
Spring term 2012 spent at Queen's University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland studying Renaissance notation and Irish traditional music
Dean's List, four semesters

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK
MMus Musical Instrument Research (in progress)


Mendelssohn's influence on incidental music (“A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “Antigone”)
Transition from plainchant to organum in medieval music
Honours thesis:  Historical development of the viola da gamba and the cello, with a focus on the social position of female gambists and cellists
Comparing and contrasting a Broadwood harpsichord and piano made in 1796
Comparing and contrasting two hurdy-gurdies in the Reid Collection
Evaluation of a research experience in the Sound Archive at the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh
Research on a stringed instrument to determine whether it is an archlute or theorbo
Comparison of Florentine keyboard instruments in the Raymond Russell Collection
Comparison of two bassoons in the EUCHMI Collection
Research essay on cornophones
Joe Hisaishi’s use of Western harmony in his music for Studio Ghibli films


Music Performance
Handbell ensemble, 2002-2013
·         University Christian Church—Fort Worth, TX
·         Trinity University
Choral ensemble, 2006-2011
·         Robert L. Paschal High School—Fort Worth, TX
·         Trinity University
Orchestral ensemble, 2005-Present
·         Paschal High School (piano and violin)
·         University of Edinburgh Composers’ Orchestra (piano)
·         Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra (piano)
Choral accompaniment, 2005-2013
·         Paschal High School
·         Trinity University
·         Colonial Hills United Methodist Church—San Antonio, TX
Solo instrumental and vocal accompaniment, 2005-2013
·         Paschal High School
·         Trinity University

Professional Engagements
·         Choral Accompanist at Trinity University, 2011-2013
·         Church Pianist at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, August 2012-June 2013

Conservation Experience
·         Conservation Taster Day at University of Edinburgh Library—basic skills for conservation of paper objects and pest management, March 2014


“On The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, ed. Dr. Fintan Vallely” (Spring 2012)
·         Queen’s University Belfast
·         Irish Traditional Music undergraduate module
·         Discussion of nature, purpose, implications of the text

“Sexual Sonorities:  Gender Implications in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Viola da Gamba and Violoncello Performance Practices” (Spring 2013)
·         Trinity University
·         Honors Thesis
·         Presentation on written honors thesis of the same name

“ Joe Hisaishi’s Use of Western Harmonies in Princess Mononoke” (Spring 2014)
·         University of Edinburgh
·         Individual Research Project for MMus Musical Instrument Research
·         Analysis of Hisiashi’s music for Princess Mononoke

·         Mu Phi Epsilon—international, co-ed, professional music fraternity
·         National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
·         Golden Key International Honour Society

Volunteer Experience
·         St. Cecilia’s Hall of Musical Instruments (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
·         Archival assistant at Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Fall 2013-Present)


Instrumental Performance
·         Piano lessons with Mrs. Lori Christ at Texas Christian University Music Preparatory Division, 1999-2009
·         Piano lessons with Ms. Deborah Rhine at Trinity University, 2009-2013
·         Organ lessons with Dr. David Heller at Trinity University, 2011-2013

Academic Experience
·         Music Theory—12 credit hours
·         Aural Skills—4 credit hours
·         Keyboard Skills—4 credit hours
·         Music History, Ancient Greece-Present—6 credit hours
·         MMus Research Methods A (qualitative research methods)—5 credit hours
·         MMus Research Methods B (quantitative research methods)—5 credit hours
·         Keyboard Organology—5 credit hours
·         Organology of Stringed Instruments—5 credit hours
·         Organology of Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments—5 credit hours