Sarah Daughtrey, mezzo-soprano, is an active teacher, performer and presenter. Prof. Daughtrey received the DM in Vocal Performance and Literature from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with world-renowned soprano Patricia Wise. She received the BA in Vocal Performance from Austin Peay State University, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was a Knoxville Opera Company Apprentice performing in the Educational Outreach program. With the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, she performed several roles, including Ottavia in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. While at IU, she was privileged to perform as the Student/Singer in a staged version of Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of acclaimed baritone Håkan Hagegård with the composer in attendance.
Her recent performances include alto soloist for several works, including Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Requiem at Lebanon Valley College, the Bach St. John Passion, with Music! Gettysburg, and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai with the Lebanon Valley Choral Society, as well as several performances of Schumann’s chamber vocal works, Spanisches Liederspiel and Spanische Liebeslieder. Her interest in Brazilian song led to a tour with fellow professor Justin Badgerow around the country presenting Brazilian song and piano works.
Her performances at Elizabethtown College include an evening of works for voice and guitar with Grammy-winning artist David Cullen, the premiere of the role of Isabel in Las Madres de la Plaza, a new opera by Elizabethtown College faculty members Jim Haines and John Rohrkemper, and a multi-media program entitled “It’s All Greek to Me,” featuring vocal works centered around Greek mythology. Her passion for interdisciplinary performance has led to two Elizabethtown College grants for multimedia programs based around “The Arts of Spain” at the beginning of the 20th century and “Paris Exposé” centered on Paris and her World Expositions, as well as her presentation for the Eastern Region of CMS, discussing a multi-disciplinary performance approach to Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.
Prof. Daughtrey is President and Webmaster of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) in central Pennsylvania, and hosted the Student Auditions for the first time at Elizabethtown College in 2008. Her article, ““A Plea to the Private Studio Teachers of College Bound Singers” was published in the May/June, 2010 issue of the NATS Journal of Singing. She is also the founding President of the IU Chapter of Student NATS, attended the 2006 national Conference in Minneapolis, where she actively promoted Student NATS by creating a new logo and brochure for the organization.