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Sarrah Bushara

Praised by the Huffington Post for her “lithe and penetrating line,” Sarrah Bushara is a recent alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, having studied oboe performance with Richard Woodhams and composition with David Serkin Ludwig. A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Bushara began her studies with Julie Madura and John Snow, and has soloed with local groups including the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and the Northeast Orchestra. Recent summer engagements include Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Cuban American Youth Orchestra, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and, as a composer, the Atlantic Music Festival. As a composer, Bushara began her studies with Dr. Sarah Miller at the MacPhail Center for Music and studied with Dr. Edie Hill as part of the Schubert Club Composer Mentorship program. This spring, Bushara performed with the Gateways Festival Orchestra as part of the first all-black orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall, collaborating with composer and pianist Jon Batiste. Bushara has also served as co-principal of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and as a substitute oboist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She currently resides in Cambridge, MA where she studies oboe with John Ferrillo and philosophy at Harvard University, with interests in aesthetics and critical theory. Bushara is a John Harvard Scholar and was recently named one of two winners of the 2022 Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize. Upcoming academic projects include short monographs on the notions of virtuosity and favoritism. With the composer-conductor Maya Miro Johnson, she forms experimental performance duo ~ [pronounced two].