Artistic and Music Director

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Artistic and Music Director

Dr. Sarah Graham

Dr. Sarah J. Graham is Assistant Professor of Music in the Humanities Division at Lewis-Clark State College. At LCSC, Dr. Graham conducts the Concert Choir and teaches Survey of Music, Introduction to the Arts, Early Childhood Music, Conducting, and Private Applied Voice. Prior to her appointment at LCSC, she served as the Director of Choral Music at Kaskaskia College, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Illinois State University and the Director of Choral Activities at Monmouth College, all in Illinois.

Dr. Graham attended Michigan State University in East Lansing where she received her DMA and MM degrees in music conducting while studying with Charles Smith, David Rayl, Jonathan I. Reed and Sandra Snow.  Prior to attending Michigan State University, Dr. Graham spent seven years teaching public school choral music in Washington State where she received a BA in Secondary Choral Music Education and Church Music from Whitworth in Spokane, and an MA degree in Classroom Teaching and English from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

An active member of her professional organizations, Dr. Graham has served on the state boards for both the Illinois and Washington chapters of the American Choral Directors Associations (ACDA), and has advised student chapters of ACDA. She was elected to serve as the secretary for National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), for a term from 2009-2011.

She is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for solo and ensemble, as well as large group choral contests and festivals. Dr. Graham conducted the 2014 Washington All-State Symphonic Choir, and conducted the All-Northwest Treble Choir in 2009. Remaining active in her professional organizations, she regularly presents sessions at meetings and conferences both regionally and nationally, including the ACDA and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME- formerly the Music Educator’s National Conference). Her professional interests include experiential teaching of conducting, interdisciplinary programming, empowerment and education through performance, the acquisition of empathy in performance ensemble settings, and the music of Ghana.

Dr. Graham serves as the choral director at Nativity Episcopal Church in Lewiston, Idaho, where she resides with her children who are adopted from Ghana, West Africa and her three dogs.