Sarah Swann

Born in the mountains of North Carolina, Ms. Swann has had the opportunity to travel and perform throughout the United States and Europe. When she was twelve years old she began her performance career with as regular soloist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Asheville, NC. During high school, she was awarded the Asheville Citizen Times Star Student commendation for excellence in academics, and her contributions to the classical music world of Asheville, NC. At 16, she was accepted to the high school performance program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While there, she studied under renowned teacher, Marion Pratnicki. At the age of 17, Ms. Swann was admitted to the Washington National Opera Young Artists Program. She was awarded the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, an accolade only given to ten members of the program.

She received her bachelor's degree from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College where she was granted the Anne Marie Budde Award for outstanding vocal accomplisments. She was a semi-finalist at the Classical Singer Vocal Competition. In the summer of 2009, she was asked to perform a private concert in San Miguel d'Allende, as part of their visiting artist program. In the spring of 2010, she appeared as Adele in Strauss' Die Fledermaus. That same year, she successfully performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and as 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute.

After receiving her degree, Ms. Swann performed for two years at "Afternoon in Vienna" Chamber Orcherstra Gala. Martha Fawbush, a classical musician and reviewer for the CVNC: An Online Arts Journal in North Carolina, said this of Ms. Swann's performance: "This concert of Viennese music was not without two vocal works which have always captivated audiences and listeners alike. Soprano Sarah Swann sang "The Laughing Song" from Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus, and the beautiful, deeply romantic "Vilia" from Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow. Her performances delighted her audience. In the Strauss piece her comedic enunciation of the text, occasional coloratura passages and brilliant high notes drew enthusiastic applause. The Lehar piece, with its dream-like romantic text and the lyric setting which so fully conveys its meaning, showed all present her musical versatility and her obvious pleasure in performing."

She completed the Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in 2015. During the completion of that degree she performed with the Opera Workshop as Ms. Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor by Wolfgang Mozart, and was chosen to perform as The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Spring 2014. She is currently completing the Equivalency in music therapy at Appalachian State University.