Dr. Sarah Rushing, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an Instructor of Piano at Virginia Tech. Rushing’s commitment to teaching is evidenced through her years of experience teaching private and group piano classes in both the community and university settings in Louisiana, New York, and Colorado. In 2017, Rushing led the University of Colorado Boulder Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to receive the prestigious Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award. Additional involvement in MTNA includes the presentation of original research at national and state conferences.
As a performer, Rushing enjoys playing music off the beaten path and has appeared in competitions and recitals throughout the US. In 2013, she was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” Other radio appearances include a live broadcast on KGNU in Boulder, CO. Rushing worked as the Collaborative Piano Intern at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO and spent two summers performing and studying at the Aspen Music Festival with legendary pianist and teacher Ann Schein.
Rushing recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado (Boulder) in the studio of David Korevaar, where her research focused on the music of Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy. She received the Masters of Music in Piano Performance degree from Ithaca College, where she studied with Jennifer Hayghe, and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Louisiana State University, where her teachers included Willis Delony and Gregory Sioles.