Sarah Svendsen has Mozart on her mind.
Unfortunately, Svendsen scheduled to perform March 20 Music at St. Andrew’s concert will be unable to do so due to construction at the Sanctuary.
When she is not concertizing, Sarah spends her time in Toronto freelancing and pursuing a DMA in Organ Performance under Dr. Patricia Wright at her alma mater, the University of Toronto. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in organ from the Yale School of Music
Born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, Svendsen started out playing the piano and took it to Grade 9 before she switched to organ at the end of her high school. In-between she learned how to play several instruments including the trombone and flute.
Her fascination with the organ began after her piano teacher presented her with a pamphlet put out by the Royal Canadian College Of Organists Halifax Centre that offered free lessons. Just before Grade 12 high school, Svendsen embarked on a cultural trip to Denmark as a Rotary International Student and while she was there biked around the country playing as many organs as she could.
She enjoys the organ in part because it is a challenging instrument to play. Each one is unique with different sounds that require additional set ups.
In September of 2016, Sarah made her symphonic debut as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and making a return performance later this year. She has performed in Europe, the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.
Music at St. Andrews presents Svendsen, in concert, March 20 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 47 Owen St., Barrie, 12 noon. Admission is $10 for adults $10, free for students. For more information call 705-726-1181.