Sara Scanlon


Sara Scanlon attends the 2022 TSM Academy courtesy of an Anonymous Fellowship.

Hometown: Milford, New York

Sara Scanlon, age twenty-two, developed her love of music and passion for playing cello at age four. She made her solo debut in April of 2016, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center as a Grand Finalist of the National Young Artist Competition. Sara has been featured as a soloist on NPR’ s “From the T op”, a national radio broadcast hosted by Christopher O’Riley, and a featured performer for concerts at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York, NY; the Zankel Music Center in Saratoga, NY; Field Concert Hall in Philadelphia, PA; Battell Chapel at Yale University in New Haven, CT; and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY. A native of Milford, Connecticut, Sara was the winner of the Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra’ s Concerto Competition, and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She was also the winner of the 2021 Townsend Concerto Competition, a finalist in the Curtis 2015 Summerfest Concerto Competition, an Honorable Mention winner for the 2016 National Youngarts Foundation and awarded first place in her age category in the 2016 Adelphi Orchestra’ s Concerto Competition. As a finalist for the 2016 Orford Award, Sara gave a solo performance at the Orford Musique’ s – Gala du Prix.

Sara began her cello studies with Miriam Eckelhoefer and at age twelve continued her instruction with Clara Kim and then Richard Aaron at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Sara studied with Julie Albers, Richard Aaron, and Leo Singer at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings for her undergraduate degree with a full scholarship. In addition to her solo work, Sara is a sought-after chamber musician and was selected and performed in the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Program as part of the 2017 Aspen Music Festival. She performed in the 2019 and 2021 Kneisel Music Festivals. Sara frequently performed with the McDuffie Center for Strings faculty and guest artists as part of the Fabian Concert series and performed opening night alongside Lawrence Dutton in Italy, for the Rome Chamber Music Festival. She was the principal cellist for “A Night of Georgia Music”, a concert featuring solo violinist Robert McDuffie, former Allman Brothers band member and current Rolling Stones keyboardist, Chuck Leavell, and R.E.M founding member Mike Mills, which was recorded to be aired on PBS stations across the country later this year.

This fall, Sara will be attending the Juilliard School for her master’s degree in cello performance.