Sarah Kim, leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator, and arts administrator. Dr. Kim is currently Assistant Professor of Cello at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is an acclaimed instructor who was named the 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year and recipient of a 2015 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Educator Award. Previous teaching appointments have included serving on the string faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she was Instructor of Cello and String Pedagogy as well as the String Pedagogy Cognate Coordinator. Dr. Kim is executive director of the Cincinnati Young Artists, which she co-founded in 2010. She is also on artist-faculty at the Aria International Summer Academy in Hadley, MA, and the Festival de música de Santa Catarina in Brazil. Previous international appointments have included the Brancaleoni Music Festival in Italy.
A sought after clinician, Dr. Kim has been invited to numerous cello festivals and workshops at universities such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and DePaul University. She has also adjudicated local and national competitions such as the Music Teacher’s National Association National Finals. Dr. Kim’s students have been top prize winners in competitions such as YoungArts National, MTNA, and National Federation as well as recent soloists with numerous university orchestras and professional orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Kim maintains a strong interest in cello pedagogy and is regularly invited to present at conferences such as the American String Teachers Association. She has developed community music cello programs at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Northern Kentucky University. A supporter of pre-professional training for underrepresented youth, Dr. Kim serves as a designated teaching artist for the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras and their Nouveau Conservatory Program.As a solo artist and chamber musician, Dr. Kim has performed internationally. She has been broadcast on WGN Chicago, Vermont Public Radio, and WGUC Cincinnati. Dr. Kim is the cellist of the resident Oxford String Quartet at Miami University. She also continues to be an active collaborative performer with her husband cellist Alan Rafferty.