Sarah Hughes, Soprano 1

by Allison Hieger

Sarah Hughes, the OCWC’s Assistant Director since 2013, will be conducting the chorus for Jocelyn Hagen’s “All the Pretty Little Horses” at the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA) Western Region conference in Salt Lake City on March 7, 2020!  The OCWC has been invited to perform at this conference for a third time and it is an incredible honor to be selected this season as one of only 17 choirs to perform at the conference.    

A Midwestern transplant, Sarah has lived in Orange County since 2007 when she was admitted to the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music (2011) and a Master of Arts in teaching from Chapman’s College of Educational Studies (2016). Sarah served as our conducting intern from 2011 – 2013, and gained rare and valuable experience for a young, female conductor, working directly with the OCWC under the tutelage of our Artistic Director, Eliza Rubenstein.

Sarah has a long history of singing with choirs as an ensemble member and a soloist.  Her soprano solo credits include the Haydn Mass in Time of War, the Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, the Rutter Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, and Debussy’s Salut Printemps.

Sarah is sought after as a speaker for professional choral directing conferences. She presented “Little Things:  How Teaching Kindergarten Made Me a Better Conductor” at the California Choral Director’s Association (CCDA) Summer 2019 Conference and “Better Beta:  Rock Climbing Tricks that Work for Choirs” at the Southern Regional Conference in 2019.She currently teaches music to students in K-5th grade in Fountain Valley School District and is the Director of Music Ministries at Mesa Verde United Methodist Church. When she’s not singing, teaching, or speaking, you can find Sarah swing dancing, scaling rocks and walls, or curled up with a cup of coffee and a pair of knitting needles!

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