Sarah Clewett is a freelance oboist residing in Minneapolis, MN with a background in Western classical music and free improvisation. She is currently working as a Sing Play Learn Instructor at MacPhail Center for music and teaching music lessons in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. Previously, Sarah worked as a Behavioral Therapist implementing Behavioral Analysis techniques to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
She is an active performer with Painting the Room, an improvised collective of musicians, dancers, and performers; Smile, a rock trio; and an improvised music trio. She is also certified in Deep Listening, a philosophy founded by composer Pauline Oliveros, and leads a local Deep Listening group in the Minneapolis area. In addition to performing, Sarah is furthering her skills in music and is currently taking oboe lessons with Barbara Bishop.
Sarah graduated from Lawrence University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance (Pi Kappa Lambda) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (Psi Chi National Honors Society). While at Lawrence, she was a student of Howard Niblock and Andrea Hixon and studied improvisation under Matt Turner. Sarah has attended festivals such as the Silkroad Global Musician Workshop and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, TN, where she studied with Robert Stephenson. She also studied with Christopher Redgate while studying abroad in London, UK. Sarah is a recipient of the Conservatory Trustee and Community Engagement Scholarships and the Edwin H. Olson Award in Human Services.
Since graduating, Sarah released an album with her ambient/soundscape duo, Cloth. The album, “settle, repose” was originally inspired by sound recordings she made while studying abroad in London. The album was a collaboration with composer Jason Koth. She also recorded for Koth’s solo project, The Midlands, and collaborated with guitarist, composer and songwriter Sam Genualdi for the release of his debut album, “Looking Through the Glass.” Recently, Sarah participated in the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival with Painitng the Room.
In addition to working and creating music, Sarah has a passion for music therapy. During her time in college, Sarah completed a creative arts therapy internship in Evanston, IL and focused her senior experience project on how improvisational music therapy can improve communicative behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This has inspired her to pursue her Master’s in Music Therapy and is currently applying to graduate school at this time.