Sarah Paquet currently serves as Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith College, where she leads choral ensembles, teaches musicianship, and maintains an undergraduate voice studio. Sara has been Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus since its 2019-2020 season.
Prior to joining the faculty at Smith, Sarah was Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old Farms School (Avon, CT). While at Avon, she taught five curricular ensembles, directed musical theater productions, and served as head of the music department. Additionally, she led the school's select ensemble, the Riddlers, on a performance tour of France and England. Her past appointments include director roles at University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Detroit, MI) and St. Mary Student Parish (Ann Arbor, MI).
While completing her coursework at Yale, Sarah served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Glee Club, directing the ensemble in tour performances throughout the country. In her work as an assistant conductor for the Yale Camerata, she prepared the choir for performances of masterworks such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Stravinsky's Les noces, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Additionally, Sarah co-directed the Marquand Chapel Choir of Yale Divinity School.
A professional mezzo-soprano, Sarah has performed, toured and recorded with ensembles such as Audivi, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, and Yale Schola Cantorum.
Sarah's primary conducting teachers include Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, Simon Carrington, Eugene Rogers, and Paul Rardin. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Yale University.