Sarah Bennett was born and raised in New York City, and began her musical studies at age eight in classical percussion and piano. Sarah received a B.M. in percussion performance from New York University, Steinhardt while minoring in Social and Cultural Analysis. She studied classical percussion under Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, and Simon Boyar. Sarah also has experience in West African percussion and the steel pan, under the teaching of Valerie Naranjo and Josh Quillen. Prior to attending NYU, Sarah completed one year at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, where she studied with Frank Cassara and George Rothman.
During her time at LaGuardia Arts High School, Sarah was able to be exposed to, and find an interest in, playing musical productions and collaborating with artists of different disciplines. Through attending two years of NYU’s Broadway Percussion Seminar, Sarah had the opportunity to work with world-renowned percussionists Ben Herman, Joe Passaro, and Javier Diaz, among others. She has played in several other theater productions since, most recently The Offending Gesture (a production by 3-LD and The Tank), NYU Steinhardt’s production of Man of La Mancha, and professional productions of Carousel and Into the Woods located at LaGuardia Arts. During the Summer of 2016, she will be playing in the Target Margin Labs production of The Iceman Commeth at HERE Arts.
Sarah is the drummer for Sullivann, a band based in Brooklyn, NY, and is set to release an album in Spring 2016. Sarah also enjoys being a vocalist at 180 Church in Manhattan. During the Summer of 2015, Sarah had the opportunity to perform with the Crossfire Steel Orchestra in the Brooklyn Panorama Festival, part of the West Indian Day Carnival.
During her time at NYU, Sarah worked as co-president of the NYU club 180 Fellowship, a faith-based organization that aims to provide students with mentorship and career-path resources as well as give back to the local community. A large component of her work involves mentoring younger students and directing a music ensemble that performs on campus throughout the year.
Sarah is excited to be in a new collaborative arts duo with fellow musician Luz Carime Santa-Coloma. Together they play both standard percussion repertoire and original compositions, incorporating world percussion, piano, guitar, and vocals. They have a vision to combine dance and live music and have begun working to establish a collective with young dancers and choreographers in the NYC area.