Listen & Learn
Sara LeMesh began writing songs for voice and piano as a teenager in Marin County. While studying impressionistic French composition, she became enamored by the rapturous harmonies of Eric Satie and Claude Debussy; practicing was dominated by her desire to improvise and hum melodies with these enticing sounds. Sara’s love for the singer-songwriter genre developed quickly thereafter upon hearing Joan Baez sing at a benefit for Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization founded by Baez’s sister for which Sara has been volunteering since 2003. This discovery led to a deep admiration for the music of Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Tracy Chapman, and many other writers. Sara’s deeply personal compositions feature the marriage between her two biggest loves: poetry and song.
Sara also applies her love for poetry through the study of contemporary music. She has performed numerous world premieres and enjoys overcoming preconceived vocal limitations. Sara honed her strong vocal technique at Rice University and Bard College where she studied with esteemed singers and coaches, including soprano Dawn Upshaw and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer. In addition to her academic studies, she has participated in numerous vocal festivals, most notably the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and American Bach Soloists. Sara currently resides in San Francisco where she freelances as a versatile and dramatically engaging soprano.