Faculty - Sarah Cullins

Sarah Cullins

Sarah Cullins, Affiliate Artist

  • B.M. (Performance - Voice), New England Conservatory
  • B.A. (English), Tufts University
  • additional studies at Mannes College of Music
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Email: Sarah Cullins

Soprano Sarah Cullins recently returned to the United States after an exciting 10-year career in Bogotà, Colombia, as one of the country’s most sought-after soloists and teachers.

After winning Colombia’s National Voice Competition in 2004, Sarah performed frequently with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Bogotá and Medellín as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in an extensive array of oratorio and concert repertoire in the country’s most important theaters and festivals. Highlights included the inauguration of the Teatro de Bellas Artes de Bogotá with Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony #9 for the 30th anniversary of the Teatro Colsubsidio, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate in the Popayan Religious Music Festival and in the newly inaugurated Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, the national premiere of Catalan composer Moises Beltrán’s Suite de Parlava, opera galas in the Festival Ópera al Parque, Gorecki’s Symphony #3 in the Colegio del Cuerpo production INXILIO, as well as Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in the Medellín International Music Festival.

On the operatic stage in both Latin America and the U.S., Sarah Cullins’ repertoire has included Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Musetta in La Bohème, Adèle in Die Fledermaus, Susana in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Elvira in L’Italiana in Algieri, as well as numerous leading roles in Gilbert & Sullivan productions.

Since her return to the U.S., Sarah has shifted her musical focus primarily to Latin American and Spanish song as a member of the 8 Cuerdas duo that she and her husband, Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria, formed to celebrate and promote this rich and diverse repertoire. She also continues to appear regularly in orchestral, oratorio and operatic productions, most recently with the Opera Company of Middlebury, the Vermont Summer Music Festival, and the Oriana Singers, and in 2015 will be featured in the revival of VT composer Erik Nielsen’s opera, A Fleeting Animal.

Sarah Cullins maintains an active private studio in Burlington, VT, and is on the voice faculty of the University of Vermont. From 2006-2013, she founded and then led the Universidad Central voice and opera program in Bogotà, and her former students currently appear with important orchestras and opera companies in Colombia and the United States, have won all categories of Colombia’s National Voice Competition, and have been granted full scholarships to Master’s programs in the U.S. and Europe.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory/Tufts University double-degree program, Sarah also attended the Mannes College of Music’s Professional Studies Program.

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D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Steve Blair, Jazz Harmony
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Adrian Carr, History
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Melissa Dickerson, Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
Matt LaRocca, Piano, Theory
John Mantegna, Guitar
Brian McCarthy, Saxophone

Andrew Moroz, Jazz Trombone
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Natalie Neuert, Arts Management
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Stuart Paton, Taiko Drumming
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
Chris Rivers, Wind Ensemble
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Lori Salimando-Porter, trombone
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
Emily Taubl, Cello
Joshua Thompson, Horn
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Jason Whitcomb, Trumpet
Zach Williamson, sound production
Julie Wolfe, bassoon