Sara Sitzer

Cellist, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra

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Sara Sitzer, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, leads a varied life as an orchestral, chamber, and solo cellist, as well as administrator and music writer. She has performed recitals all over the world, from the new Frank Gehry designed New World Center in Miami Beach to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her performing career has taken her to Israel, Japan, England, Australia, as well as throughout the United States.

After recently completing a 3 year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, Ms. Sitzer moved to the Chicago area, where she joined Chicago Q Ensemble, an innovative string ensemble committed to challenging the traditional role of the performer, empowering the traditional role of the listener, and using the string trio medium as a springboard towards infinite creativity. With Chicago Q, she has recorded two albums, premiered pieces by many of the city’s emerging composers, given a TEDx presentation, and been presented by organizations including the Chicago Loop Alliance, Frequency Series, (Un)Familiar Music Series, Chicago Home Theater Festival, City of Chicago, and American Music Project.

Ms. Sitzer is a member of the Elgin Symphony and Firebird Chamber Orchestra (Miami, FL), and regularly performs with the Milwaukee Symphony, as well as Chicago ensembles Ensemble Dal Niente, New Millennium Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, and Camerata Chicago. Ms. Sitzer has had the opportunity to perform alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, she travels to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia each summer to perform and to serve as cello and chamber music faculty at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Other festivals she has attended include Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

In 2011, Ms. Sitzer founded the Gesher Music Festival, a chamber music festival that builds bridges between classical chamber music and the Jewish experience. The festival has now enjoyed four successful seasons. In 2014, she co-founded Chamber Music on the Fox, a chamber music series devoted to serving the Elgin (IL) and Fox Valley regions. Ms. Sitzer also has served as Managing Director of the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago since 2014. As a writer, she has been published in the St. Louis Beacon and NewMusicBox (the blog of New Music USA), and has also written for Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for Performing Arts.

Ms. Sitzer holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she attended on a Collins Fellowship. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University as a Trustee Scholar. Her principal teachers have included Uri Vardi, Michael Reynolds, Andres Diaz, Ken Kulosa and Glenda Piek.