Sarah Sippl, Director of Music
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Sarah has been a member of the St. Mary’s family since 2012, when she was introduced as the Alto section leader for the Parish Choir. She also served as assistant to the Treble Choir, and was asked to take on the role of Interim Director of Choirs in both 2015 and 2017. In March of 2018, Sarah was offered the position of Director of Music, and is currently directing the church’s Parish, Treble, and Handbell Choirs, and assisting with St. Mary’s Gospel Choir.
Sarah divides her time between St. Mary’s and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, where she currently teaches Pre-K through 8th grade music and art at two separate schools. She has been on several curriculum and assessment committees, and is sought-after for private lessons in both flute and voice.
Sarah has also achieved an extensive operatic performance career. She was a finalist in the Wagner Division of the 2011 Liederkranz Competition, Second Place winner of the 2009 Concurso di Canto Sinaloa, and a member of the late Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart Emerging Artist Program. She most recently performed The Mother in a production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at St. Mary’s as a fundraiser for CCA Academy. She has appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Xalapa, where she sang Wagner’s “Liebestod”. She has also appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, Music by the Lake Concert Series, Elgin Opera, Northwest Suburban Symphony, and da Corneto Opera. Roles performed include Mrs. Bentsen (Lakme), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Ma Moss (The Tender Land), and the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro).
Sarah holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Beverley Rinaldi, and a Bachelors in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she studied flute with William West.
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