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Guitar Performance

Sara graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh PA, where she studied classical guitar with professor James Ferla. During her time in Pittsburgh, Sara was featured as a concerto soloist with the CMU Classical Guitar Ensemble and performed with chamber group partners ranging from renaissance vocalists, to string quartets, to banjo players. She performed as a freelancer throughout the city, playing in locations such as the Phipps Botanical Gardens, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Kresge Theater, and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Prior to her time in Pittsburgh, Sara studied guitar at the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore MD, where she performed with the guitar orchestra and participated in a master class with Julian Gray.

Now residing in Boston, Sara performs as a freelance guitarist for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other events. She is also an active member of the Boston Classical Guitar Society. With her unique background in performance, audio engineering and sound design, she is well equipped to provide a thoughtful and cohesive musical experience tailored to suit any event. From intimate wedding ceremonies to loud cocktail parties, Sara will set up a professional sound system and select music that will create the perfect atmosphere for the event at hand. A previous client praised Sara in a review stating "Sara's professionalism was top notch, her music selection was amazing and her artistic gift is beyond comparison, her music in the castle was amazing."

To book Sara as a musician for your next event, please send an email to booking@saraadkins.com. You can also visit her profile on GigMasters to request a quote. Sara can put together a program of music from her extensive repertoire list tailored to your event and musical preferences, and is also happy to take song requests. Below are some recordings of Sara playing her favorite pieces:

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Electronic & Generative Music

Sara’s work lies at the intersection of music and technology, with a focus on designing generative music algorithms for live performances. Her work explores how the randomness and automation of an algorithm can be useful to a musician’s creative process as they improvise. She aims to create generative music frameworks that are intuitive for musicians to make music with. Her algorithmic piece “Machine Cycle” was premiered last year by the Carnegie Mellon Exploded Ensemble. Her generative composition “Color Bursts”, created with Julian Koreniowsky, ran as sound installation in a butterfly garden for 4 months.

For electronic composition, generative or not, Sara’s weapons of choice are Max MSP, PureData and Logic. Her work is inspired by classical music, fantasy soundtracks and of course, algorithms. Below are some selected tracks of Sara’s electronic composition projects. For the technical breakdown of her generative pieces, visit her software portfolio page.

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Audio Engineering

During her time at Carnegie Mellon, Sara worked as a sound engineer in the Vladmir Recording Studio. She was responsible for running recording sessions and mixing tracks for local Pittsburgh artists. Below are several samples of Sara's mixing and mastering work from a variety of genres. All tracks were edited using Pro Tools.

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