Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of three with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Ms. Doan won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas. Ms. Doan is currently ABD in her Doctorate of Musical Arts program at TCU.
She has performed both nationally and international. In December 2010, Ms. Doan served as guest artist in the 1st International Piano Festival of Bogota, Colombia where she performed, taught masterclasses, led discussions, and served on the competition jury.
Ms. Doan has served as collaborative pianist-in-residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State and adjunct professor of piano at the University of North Texas. She maintains a private studio in the DFW area and is an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College – Northwest Campus, while performing regularly with her chamber groups, Trio 8831 and Apana Trio. She also presents lectures and educational programs through the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth and The Cliburn.
A note from Sara:
I think one of the coolest things I could do, is to give someone a wonderful musical education. Being able to create and appreciate music is invaluable to one’s life. My teachers have all taught me the importance of music: the universal language, the key to creativity, the ability to express ourselves. Now, as a teacher myself, I love teaching those same lessons I have learned. It is important that my students have a well rounded musical education–technique, theory, sight-reading, ear-training, performance, and a comprehensive study of musical literature, but to have FUN all at the same time! It is possible! Life goes by just too quickly sometimes. I am grateful that my work as a pianist and teacher is something I am so passionate about. The rest of my time is filled with my sweet family (my sweet husband, Thomas and two dogs, Chauncy and Skittles) and friends, yoga, cooking, DIY projects, and seeking new adventures.