Although I use MyMusicStaff to manage my private studio, I'd like to use this page as a personal biography:
****For parents who are interested in knowing my high school background and marching/region/state band experience, here is a little bit about me: I moved to San Antonio in the middle of 4th grade and started percussion in 6th grade at Barbara Bush Middle School. Every summer since then I attended some form of band camp: Texas Lutheran Band Camp, Stephen F. Austin Percussion Camp, Juilliard Percussion Seminar and Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar. I went on to Ronald Reagan High School where I was introduced to competitive marching band. The first two years I played marimba in the front ensemble, snare drum my junior year and then back to marimba where I was the section leader my senior year. From 6th grade until 12th, I participated in UIL Solo and Ensemble and received a 1 (highest score) on every solo excepting my sophomore year when i received a 2. My senior year, I took my solo to state and received a 1 along with the Outstanding Performance Award, which is only given out once by each judge. From 7th grade until 12th grade, I also made region band every year. My senior year, I made the Texas All-state band and was placed in the 2nd orchestra.****
Sarah Jayne Gartin holds a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from the Florida State University where she studied with Dr. John Parks IV. While at FSU, the percussion studio won the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition in 2011 and in 2012, Gartin participated and won the PAS Orchestral Mock Audition. After graduating Cum Laude, she went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she had the privilege of studying with Michael Burritt, John Beck, Bill Cahn, Chip Ross, Lee Vinson, Jake Nissly, and Leigh Howard Stevens. While studying at Eastman, Gartin achieved the Performance Certificate which is given to students with the highest level of performing ability.
Since 2012, Gartin has participated in four prestigious Summer Music Festivals: Eastern Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Ohio Light Opera, and Texas Music Festival. After moving back home to San Antonio, Texas, she began to establish herself as an avid freelancer and percussion specialist. Gartin has played with the following orchestras and theaters since the fall of 2015: The San Antonio Symphony, The Mid-Texas Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, The Woodlawn Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre (San Pedro), Civic Orchestra of Chicago and The United States Air Force at Lackland AFB.
While freelancing and teaching a studio of 30+ middle school and high school students, she likes to spend her time with her dog Emma, experimenting with her coffee bar, cooking, exercising, and enjoys a good tv show and film.
If you have any questions or inquiries my contact information is below:
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