American soprano Sarah Cullins’ vocation for teaching developed from her core belief that every body and every voice is perfectly designed to sing. Her goal for each student is to cultivate their innate strength, coordination and confidence to become a “singer athlete” and achieve the most efficient singing technique possible. The German philosopher Friedrich Schiller wrote, “Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” With the technical coordination to create free air and efficient form in our singing, beauty and artistry are possible for all singers.
Sarah was fortunate to have fabulous technician/musician/artists as voice teachers during high school, her undergraduate work at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and her year of Professional Studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York. When she moved to Bogotá, Colombia in 2003, she became her own teacher, and after winning the Colombian National Voice Competition, she was invited to found and lead a new voice and opera program at the Central University, where for 7 years she trained talented young singers to become operatic professionals.
Currently in Burlington, Vermont, Sarah continues her own career in opera, oratorio and recital, in addition to frequent concerts with 8 Cuerdas, the Latin American song duo she founded with her husband, Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria. She is on the voice faculty of the University of Vermont and continues to enjoy guiding singers of all ages and levels. Follow her at: www.sarahcullins.com and www.8cuerdas.com.