Senior year, So far!

So far, senior year has had its fun times and stresses (like any typical year in college)


This year is different…not only am I studying for classes and doing work outside of school, I am also applying for GRAD SCHOOL!

Now, this may not seem as daunting as it sounds; many of us remember applying to undergrad, which was a nightmare in and of itself, but now there is oh so much more on the line…and most of us only applied to universities in the United States of America (God bless the USofA!) but now the world is my oyster….every city offers never ending possibilities and every university offers amazing educational programs; out of the ten I’m applying to I would be ecstatic to be accepted into any one of them!

My first batch of applications will be sent out mid November and some aren’t due until January so until then I’ll be sitting here biting my nails hoping someone thinks my ideas are worth giving me a shot at a valuable education.  Till then, you’ll find me studying for the GRE!

Senior Year at SMU

I am now a declared major in art history and minoring in arts management, archaeology and music (double bass).

I am very excited about senior year, specifically my class schedule.  I am taking: Orchestra Ensemble (Music), Attracting Capital (Arts Management), Ice Age American Archaeology (Archaeology), A Land Between Two Rivers (Mesopotamian Art History), Managing Sports Facilities (Arts Management), and Portraiture and Selfhood (Art History).  So far, I’ve found the material we have covered enjoyable and interesting.  We’ve covered many science-y things and topics–which is not my strong suit–in archaeology which is stretching me and I believe helping me gain more insight into different aspects of field work.  The hardest course I’m taking will be Orchestra, due to the long rehearsal hours and practice outside of class.  The most interesting class is the Mesopotamian art history course, but I am also excited for the Portraiture and Selfhood class due to the fact that it takes place inside of the Meadows Museum.

Artistic Excellence

At Oaks Christian High School, my alma mater, one student every year is presented with the “Dallas Price-Van Breeda Award for Artistic Excellence” at graduation. I had the privilege of being the class of 2012’s recipient.  The following is the script the head of the arts department, Mr. Brian Kelly, read when presenting the award.

“…Our arts faculty unanimously decided that this year one student stood out from the rest.  Here are some words that have been used to describe this student: reliability, character, integrity, talent, versatility, kindness, authentic faith, willing servant, cheerful, faithful and loyal.

Sarah came to us in 6th grade as a beginning strings student under the direction of Mrs. Mary Kay Altizer – and was the only bassist in a sea of violinists.  From that day on, she has continued participating in our orchestral programs throughout middle school and high school.

She has proven to be a faithful and committed member to our frequent musical theater pit orchestras where often times she has anchored the section on her own.   We have all witnessed her diligence and conscientiousness in the study of the bass throughout her high school years.  Not only was Sarah involved in the High School Orchestra, but she also was a member of the Oaks Chamber Strings, an honors ensemble, and branched out into the area of playing both stand-up and electric bass in the Jazz Combo.

Eventually Sarah began to set her sights on the area of composing and arranging.  In the past two years, Sarah composed string arrangements for our annual Spring Spectacular, scoring a Disney piece and a jazz standard, and wrote a jazz arrangement which included both rhythm and horn sections.

As well as her dedication to our performing arts department, Sarah has maintained a very strong academic program while excelling not only in the area of fine arts, but in sports and cheerleading as well.  She has been able to maintain balance while seeming to excel in so many areas.

Sarah does not shy away from responsibility, as she has been a member of the bass section of the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic Orchestra for the past two years.  Currently she serves as our principal bassist in the Oaks Christian Orchestra.  Not only does she work well with those who are less advanced, but also eagerly accepts instruction.

She is dedicated, reliable, consistent, and diligent.   Sarah is a young woman of the highest character and integrity.  This fall Sarah will continue her bass and music studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Personally, Sarah is one of the all-time nicest students.  She is very well loved and respected by her peers, as well as by the faculty at Oaks Christian.  She always shows up on time and well prepared.  She is easy to work with and is both respectful and teachable.

Thank you, Sarah, for being the amazing role model and leader that you have been these past 7 years.  You will be greatly missed.”Image

“Elevator Pitch”

Last summer, I was asked to volunteer as the first grade teacher at my church’s summer kids camp.  Thrown into the world of lesson planning, glue sticks and freeze tag, I realized my passion lied in teaching and children.  Looking back, I am very grateful I had the opportunity to be my high school’s varsity cheer captain because I was already naturally animated, engaging and comfortable “performing” in front of my 22 first graders.  Therefore, I decided to pair my two strengths–music and teaching–and major in music education.  A few years from now, I see myself teaching music at an elementary school or conducting a high school orchestra, performing on the side, picking up classical, musical theater, jazz, or rock gigs as often as possible.  If you hear of any schools in need of a passionate, fun-loving music teacher, or a musical group that needs a sub, here’s my card.  Thank you for your time.



I value my relationship with my Lord and Savior, my family, my relationships with my friends, my character, and music.  When I feel like slacking off or not caring about school, I remember Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (like teachers, parents, colleges etc.)”

As a Christian, I highly value finding God’s will for my future.  At the moment, I believe it is being a teacher or a musician, neither of which have a hefty salary waiting for me at the end of of my schooling; however, as long as I am loving what I do, money will not be a big compromise for me.  




As an individual, I’ve always been multifaceted: playing on eleven different sports teams, socializing with multiple friend groups, being a leader in my community and loving an extreme amount of diverse musical genres.

This is why I love playing the bass: I can be integrated into any kind of ensemble as it is a versatile instrument, which fits my personality perfectly. As a musician, I am able to participate in a rock band, orchestra, jazz band, wind ensemble, pit orchestra and worship band all at the same time!

Being a multifarious musician, I’ve written many string arrangements accompanying a choir, a jazz tune for an eight-piece band, and taught a beginning bassist the basics of theory.

I am patient with my students, love music, and enjoy being involved in many different aspects of the music arena.


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