Sarah Naylor is an accomplished musician who enjoys sharing traditional and contemporary music with audiences across the country. Sarah studied Philosophy at Columbia University, and while there, also studied harp performance with June Han through the Columbia/ Juilliard music exchange program. 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.
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. As a young teen, Sarah was offered a position as the harpist at the historical Hotel Utah/JSMB - where she quickly earned a reputation for her passionate touch, and her ability to whip up just about any tune by ear.
At 12, Sarah made her orchestral debut 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 various chamber groups, and as a soloist in Boston, California, New York, and Utah, and has played in the Broadway musical renditions of Beauty and the Beast and Wicked.
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 third 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, Austin, Texas, the Utah Winter Olympic festivals, and the beautiful San Fransisco Bay.
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, 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. Sarah is currently living happily ever after in Half Moon Bay, California with her rambunctious Irish twins, and her more rambunctious doggies.