Sara Blessing, MM
Instructor of Music, VPA Division Co-Chair
Some of my most memorable life experiences are from singing in my undergraduate career in the Nordic Choir at Luther College. Through our choir tours, both nationally and internationally, the experiences that I had were life changing. Instructing in Graceland University's music department, it is my goal to provide our choir singers here with those same enriching and rewarding life experiences. It has been an absolute joy to join the faculty here and spend my days conducting both the GU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, as well as to coach the private vocal singers. In addition, I teach choral conducting and choral methods, diction, vocal pedagogy, aural training, and applied lessons.
My background has included being a conductor, vocalist, pianist and clarinetist. Although I don’t get the opportunity to play clarinet much anymore, I continue to perform regularly as a vocal soloist and occasionally an accompanist. I’m saving up to buy a polished ebony, Yamaha baby grand piano for my home because I love to play piano for my own personal enjoyment.
My choral studies have provided me with the opportunity to meet and work with many “celebrities” in the choral world, including Weston Noble, Timothy Stalter, David Puderbaugh, Z. Randall Stroope, René Clausen, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, John Rutter, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Rollo Dilworth, Eric Whitacre, James Mulholland, and several others. The passion, diligence, drive and scholarly work of these individuals have been an inspiration to my work as a choral conductor.
Outside of music, I love to spend time with my husband, Terry, and daughter, Aria. As a family, we love to travel, and we are hoping to have a farm with horses sometime in the near future. I have been fortunate enough to travel to some amazing places – including Spain, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Morocco, and Puerto Rico. I am an avid reader and relish in researching the amazing effects that music has on the brain. I enjoy running (although not near the distances that Dr. Bodnar runs), and I have a slight addiction to shoes!