Sarah McQueen-Cunningham was the Director of Vocal Studies and professor of music at Sierra College for the past ten years. Sarah has taught a wide variety of courses including, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz Ensembles as well as Music Theory, Voice, Ear Training, Piano and Music History. While at Sierra the SC Jazz Singers, under the direction of Sarah, won the Downbeat Award for best Student Ensemble.
Sarah graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies (2004) and earned a Master of Music Degree in Music Education (2007). Sarah has sung with the RSVP choir as a United Nations Music Ambassador and is an adjudicator at many music festivals and guest conductor at festivals and camps. In 2014 she was awarded Faculty of the Year by the Associated Students of Sierra College. Sarah can be heard on five of the last seven CSU Sacramento vocal jazz albums and the “Best of College Acapella 2007” album. She has also been recording three cd’s with RSVP, consisting of chamber and vocal jazz music. She is also the conductor of Cantemus, a youth choir in El Dorado County.
Sarah is thrilled to be working closer to home and watching her students grow from band students into Ponderosa High School singers. She lives in Cameron Park with her husband Cory, whom is a teacher at Camerado Springs Middle School, their two young children, a cat and a tank full of fish!