Sara Sitzer, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, leads a varied life as an orchestral, chamber, and solo cellist. Currently a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, she has also served as section and principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Madison Symphony, and Madison Opera and Ballet. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is a substitute for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Each summer, Ms. Sitzer travels to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to perform with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and play chamber music with the other musicians of the Wintergreen Music Festival.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Sitzer has performed all over the world, from the new Frank Gehry designed New World Center in Miami Beach to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her performing career has taken her to Israel, Japan, Russia, as well as throughout the United States. This year, she will serve as Artistic Director of a new chamber music festival for emerging artists in Saint Louis.

A proponent of bringing music into the community, Ms. Sitzer was a member of the HeartStrings String Quartet, a group dedicated to using live classical performances as a means of music therapy. With HeartStrings, she toured to various hospitals, nursing homes, and centers for people with disabilities. Outreach remains an important part of Ms. Sitzer’s career; she frequently gives free performances and arts education presentations to schools, adult education centers, and underserved communities.

Ms. Sitzer served as cello teacher at the Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp in Lenox, Massachusetts, and has assisted with the Intensive Community Program of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and taught chamber music through the Performing Arts School of Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Wisconsin Youth Orchestras. She also holds a private studio of her own.

Ms. Sitzer holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she attended on a Collins Fellowship. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University as a Trustee Scholar. Her principal teachers have included Uri Vardi, Michael Reynolds, Andres Diaz, Ken Kulosa and Glenda Piek.