Sarah Naylor is an accomplished musician who enjoys sharing traditional and contemporary music with audiences across the country. Sarah received her BS
in Philosophy from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she also studied privately with June Han at the Juilliard School of Music. Additionally Sarah studied harp performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of renowned harpist Deborah Hoffman, and at the Boston Conservatory with Boston Ballet’s principal harpist, Cynthia Price-Glynn. Other previous teachers include UCLA and Hollywood’s acclaimed harpist, Joann Turovsky, and the Utah Symphony’s, Louise Vickerman.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarah began studying harp at the age of seven, and playing at weddings and events by age nine. By thirteen Sarah was offered a position as the harpist at the historical Hotel Utah and Roof Restaurant - where she quickly earned her reputation for her passionate touch and her ability to whip up just about any tune by ear.
Sarah made her orchestral debut at age 12 with the Salt Lake Symphony - as a featured performer in the Temple Square Concert Series, and in her early teens was selected as the harpist with the Utah Youth Symphony. She’s since gone on to perform with chamber groups and orchestras in Boston, California, New York, and Utah, and also played in the Broadway musical rendition of Beauty and the Beast. Her fondness for musical theater extends beyond the musician's pit, and Sarah has occasionally taken the stage to sing leading roles in South Pacific, Little Shop of Horrors, and the likes - she keeps a wide variety of show tunes fresh in her repertoire!
As a versatile musician, Sarah performs pop, jazz, and classical works, and she has recently developed a passion for transcribing contemporary works for harp-percussion. Sarah has been a guest artist for governors, political ambassadors, international religious leaders - and on a daily basis her two first graders. She has performed at events from New York City to San Francisco, and has been seen lugging her harp off to gigs in the NYC Subway, the Boston Commons, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, and the Utah Winter Olympic festivals.
Sarah loves teaching! She offers beginning through advanced lessons to both the young, and the young at heart. Sarah is also passionate about giving back to the community. She taught music to at-risk children in Harlem, New York at the Ricardo O’Gorman School, as well as ESL, GRE, and music skills to teen mothers in Manhattan. She has volunteered her music at Pediatric Oncology Units, the Shriners Hospital, the historic Beehive House, and taught music and musical theater at the Rolland Hall St. Mark’s School Enrichment Program. Sarah is currently living happily ever after in Palo Alto, California with her husband Justin and rambunctious Irish twins.