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Music is both an art and a science. Music requires an extensive foundation in technique and theory, many hours of practice, and the very human elements of passion and artistry. I must analyze and create simultaneously. So I am both an artist and a scientist, never one without the other.
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Sarah J. Klein is a conductor, composer, and pianist from Dallas, Texas.
Miss Klein made her conducting debut at the age of 17, leading members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra alongside members of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Symphony Orchestra in the DSO's annual Music Memory Contest concert in 2014.
She is the founder and artistic director of The Hilltop Ensemble, a contemporary chamber orchestra project at Meadows School of the Arts. Previously, she has served as the co-conductor of the Dallas Symphony's annual Music Memory Contest, the student director of the Booker T. Washington HSPVA symphonic and string orchestras, the assistant conductor of BTWHSPVA Opera Workshop, and the student conductor and pianist of the Youth Orchestra of Le Centre Mediteranee d'Études Francaises in Monaco.
As a composer, Miss Klein was most recenty recognized as a finalist in the 2015 Young Masters Fine Arts Exhibition. During the exhibition, the manuscript and recording of her work "Clair d'Étoile" were on public display at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Miss Klein is currently a President's Scholar at Southern Methodist University, where she is pursuing degrees in Music Composition and Engineering Managment, Information, and Systems. She currently studies conducting with Dr. Paul Phillips, director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU, and assistant to Music Director Jaap van Zweden of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She studies piano with Mr. Alfred Mouledous.