Sarah Mullins is a Canadian-born percussionist, drummer, and music educator based in NYC. She primarily performs newly-composed music, orchestral, music with electronics, experimental, improvisation, rock, pop, and Balinese gamelan.
Sarah performs regularly as a percussionist with Periapsis Music and Dance, and has performed with the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, and as an extra percussionist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in performances at Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors.
Sarah has performed several times as a solo percussionist with Periapsis Music and Dance. Other solo performances include a solo recital as a guest artist at Bucknell University’s Gallery Series, and a performance at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, followed by an invitation to appear at Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition’s Hydra Concert Series. Sarah has an extensive solo percussion repertoire of Canadian compositions, and strives to make these works more known in the New York City music scene.
Outside of the classical music world, Sarah is a member of NYC’s Balinese Gamelan, Dharma Swara. Since joining in 2010, she has premiered several new works for gamelan, including Andy McGraw’s virtuosic duo Rwa, and Nerissa Campbell’s Legian 1983, for her most recent album, After the Magic. Sarah has recently completed an arrangement of New Order’s Blue Monday for gamelan ensemble, which will be premiered in 2015.
Sarah’s cutest gig, by far, is performing in a rock band for babies and toddlers. This includes playing a lot of cover tunes, and Sarah works as both a drummer and a singer. As an educator, Sarah teaches private lessons in percussion and drums, small ensembles, and rock band. She has led master classes in percussion and Balinese gamelan, and instructed sectionals for The Banff Centre Youth Orchestra Festival. In spring 2015, Sarah was invited to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she led a percussion master class, and spoke to classes about graphic scores and Canadian solo percussion repertoire. Sarah is a percussion coach with the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and teaches private drum and percussion lessons, as well as ensemble classes, at studios in NYC and Long Island.
Sarah has been awarded residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada, and is a graduate of CUNY Queens College, The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and McGill University in Montreal.