Sara Fruehe is a well sought after bassoonist and pedagogue. Whether performing or teaching, Sara brings passion and determination to all of her projects and students.
Sara is an avid recitalist and solo performer. In March 2017 she gave the premiere performance of Kevin Wilt’s Incantare for solo bassoon. She was a featured musician of the Wheaton Municipal Band performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major, Op. 75. Sara has had the pleasure to share the recital stage with double reed artists such as John Clouser, Kathleen McLean, William, Ludwig, and Linda Strommen.
As an orchestral musician, Sara is currently the second bassoonist with Terre Haute Symphony (IN). Also performing regularly with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony (IN), and Battle Creek (MI) orchestras. She previously performed with the Kingsville Symphony (TX), Bloomington Camerata (IN), Northwest Symphony (IL) orchestras, and the Wheaton Municipal Band (IL). Sara has performed under the direction of many exceptional musicians such as Thomas Wilkins, Carl St. Clair, Grzegorz Nowak, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Uriel Segal, Cliff Colnot, and Keith Lockhart.
A champion and advocate of chamber music, Sara has collaborated in a variety of chamber ensembles, but calls the woodwind quintet “home.” She currently performs with the Volante Winds, a wind quintet comprised of DM students, based in Bloomington, IN. As of member of Volante Winds, she has been a semi-finalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions. Outside of the competition arena, with Volante Winds, she has been a featured performer at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival (WI), WfIU Performance Today’s live radio recital broadcast, and guest performer with the Bloomington Windfall Modern Dance Company, IU New Music Ensemble, and IU Latin American Music Center Salón Latino Chamber Music Series. With the Volante Winds, 2019 engagements include a residency at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival with outreach at Native Alaskan Clan Houses, guest artist performances at the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (Korea), and concert and masterclass tour at several universities.
Sara is a dedicated teacher who has been teaching and coaching for over a decade. In fall of 2016, Sara was Visiting Instructor of Bassoon and Chamber Winds at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). She is passionate about guiding students through creative musical development, while helping students to find their own musical voice. Sara’s private lesson students have gone on to major and minor in music, as well as become active patrons of the arts.
Sara recently earned the Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with minors in Music History & Literature and Arts Administration in May 2021. Her final research project focuses on operatic bassoon excerpts. Sara earned her Master of Music from DePaul University and Bachelor of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Ludwig, William Buchman, Robert Barris, and Arthur Weisberg.
Outside of music, Sara enjoys hanging with her cat Louie, baking, reading, and photography.