Sarah John is a freelance conductor living and working in the Greater Toronto area.
In 2017 Sarah founded the Summerhill Orchestra, a community ensemble in downtown Toronto now in its 5th season.
Since September 2014 she has been leading the choir of The Church of the Messiah in downtown Toronto.
From 2006-2013 she formed and lead Vespera, an all female vocal ensemble committed to the performance and promotion of contemporary classical music.
She has held positions with the Powell River Academy of Music, Echo Women’s Choir, Scarborough Music Theatre, the Windsor Symphony, the Windsor Symphony Chorus and Heliconian Choir and Orchestra and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has conducted at various festivals and workshops including the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, the Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Institutes, Orchestras Canada conducting workshops with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London, and participated with the WS Chorus in the first Festival 500 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In addition, she has studied conducting with some of North America’s most distinguished teachers, including Kenneth Kiesler, Arthur Arnold, Gustav Meier, George Corwin, Susan Haig, Dale Warland, William Weinert, Joseph Flummerfelt and Elmer Iseler.
In 1997 Sarah was awarded a grant from the Canada Council of the Arts for her work as Conductor-in-the-Community with the Windsor Symphony.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Victoria.