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About Sara

Sara Reese
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Sara Reese is a clarinetist with The United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Air Force, Sara was a graduate student of David Shifrin’s at Yale University where she graduated with a Masters of Music degree in 2011. Prior to that, Sara received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2009, cum laude, from Florida State University where she studied with Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Bish. Sara performs often with local orchestras such as the Annapolis Symphony, McLean Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and Williamsburg Symphony. She can also be heard on the 2011 Emmy-winning soundtrack to the PBS documentary “John Muir In The New World.” In addition to maintaining a full teaching studio in her home in Northern Virginia, Sara also enjoys an active performing schedule with her chamber group, The Shepherd Trio. 

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Sara is available for solo performances, masterclasses, and private lessons, as well as for orchestral performances and chamber music. She is also a member of The Shepherd Trio, which was created to explore the beauty and diversity of music written for the unique combination of winds, voice, and piano.

For more information about The Shepherd Trio, please visit their website at

Upcoming Performances


Music Center At Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Ln, Kensington, MD 20852, United States
The Falls Church Episcopal 115 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046, United States
DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States
Alumni Hall 675 Decatur Rd, Annapolis, MD 21402, United States

Past Performances

4811 Riverdale Rd Riverdale, MD, United States
Athenaeum, 201 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
1920 G St NW Washington, DC, United States
Pike Performing Arts Center 6701 Zionsville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268, United States
Emens Auditorium 1800 W Riverside Ave, Muncie, IN 47306, United States
Civic Hall Performing Arts Center 380 Hub Etchison Pkwy, Richmond, IN 47374, United States
Kresge Auditorium at the Green Center for the Performing Arts
Effingham Performance Center 1325 Outer Belt W, Effingham, IL 62401, United States
Belleville West High School 4063 Frank Scott Pkwy W, Belleville, IL 62223, United States
Missouri Military Academy 204 N Grand St, Mexico, MO 65265, United States

About the Studio

My experience with teaching goes back a number of years to when I was a Masters student at Yale University. As a student I was heavily involved in the Yale School of Music's Music in Schools Initiative which sent Yale graduate music students out into the community to work with beginners, inner-city students and experienced musicians alike. Since then I have taught at all levels, from age 10 to age 80, and have enjoyed every minute of it. From teaching a beginner's first notes to helping a high school senior prepare for college auditions, my goal as a private teacher is to share a love of music that will last a lifetime.




South County High School; Lorton, VA. Marching band sectionals.


George Mason High School; Falls Church, VA. Weekly lessons and sectionals.


Hayfield Secondary School; Alexandria, VA. Weekly sectionals.


Clarinetist/Bass Clarinetist for the Fairfax Symphony's SCORE program (Symphony Coaching Outstanding and Refined Ensembles).


Private instructor. Experience teaching private clarinet and bass clarinet at the elementary, secondary, and supplemental college levels.


Morse Summer Academy. Private and group clarinet lessons to secondary level students.


Yale Music in Schools Initiative, John C. Daniels School. Private and group lessons to elementary and secondary school students on various instruments (including clarinet, flute, saxophone, and trumpet,) with class sizes varying from 1 to 15 students.

"Pride" of Port Charlotte Marching Band; Woodwind instructor. Sectionals with secondary level students, up to 20 students at a time.


Studio Schedule

My lesson schedule is fairly flexible throughout the school year. I'll work with the student and parent to decide on a schedule that works for the both of us, whether that means a set time and day each week, or a flexible schedule that varies weekly.

New students are accepted throughout the school year. Please contact me to inquire about lesson availability and pricing.


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My studio is located at my home in Alexandria, VA, near the Huntington Metro Station. Parents and students are welcome to wait in my living room and can help themselves to the television, Wi-Fi, books, and magazines.

Another option for teaching is for me to come to you. For an added travel cost I am willing to travel 30 minutes from my house to teach a student, and only ask that you provide a well-lit and spacious room with space for two chairs and a music stand. This is a good option for busy families or families with limited transportation options.

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