Sara Marks O’Bryan (M.M. ’12) returns to Yale from teaching at SUNY Purchase and the Hartt School, and working as assistant director of the New Haven Chorale. Sara earned her master’s degree in choral conducting from Yale in 2012, receiving the ISM certificate and earning the Richard Paul Delong Prize. While at Yale, she studied conducting with Marguerite L. Brooks and Jeffrey Douma, and voice with Judith Malafronte. Sara earned a Bachelor of Music in choral conducting (summa cum laude) from The Hartt School in 2010. Sara currently serves on the choral faculty of The Hartt School, where she conducts two of the choirs and teaches English diction. In addition to her academic appointments, Sara also sings in the professional octet of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, CT, and maintains a private voice studio. As a teacher, Sara is an active clinician for middle and high school choral and instrumental ensembles around Connecticut. As a singer she has worked as a soprano soloist with a variety of choral organizations, and is highly sought as a paid chorister.
In her role in Marquand Chapel, she will continue the good work of Patrick Evans, Colin Britt, and Brett Terry, who left Yale in June, by working with the Marquand team in planning over 100 services during the academic year. She will help to lead music there and will coordinate with our student musicians and faculty as well.