Miss Sarah Rodeo
Sarah was born and raised in Manhattan, NY. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Vassar College, where she studied organ, voice, piano and some choral conducting, and sang with the Women’s Chorus, the mixed College Choir, and the select Madrigal Singers. At Vassar, Sarah received grants from Vassar’s Academic Enrichment Fund and the June Ross Marks ’49 Travel Fund to study Catholic liturgy and music at St. Joseph’s Seminary ("Dunwoodie"). Sarah also twice received the Kate Chittenden Memorial Scholarship for summer music study with the Church Music Association of America, which is dedicated to the promotion of Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other beautiful forms of Catholic sacred music. At Vassar, Sarah received a Senior College Life Recognition Award for her contributions to on-campus religious and musical life and worked as a Music Department Research Assistant. She also served as Vassar Student Representative to the Board of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Before becoming the full-time Music Director here at St. Francis, Sarah played the organ and sang traditional Catholic music for many monasteries, churches and Catholic communities, such as St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Haven, the Catholic communities of Vassar College and the Culinary Institute of America, and the St. Gregory Latin Mass Society of New Haven. Sarah currently sings with the St. Cecilia Consort, a group of professional singers who are dedicated to performing the great Catholic music of the ages in liturgical contexts. She also works as an organist, cantor and choir director at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Shelton, CT. Sarah has also taught and continues to teach numerous keyboard students and is currently working on a Master’s in Religion and Music through the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.