Sarah Middleton is originally from London, a small city in Ontario, Canada. She graduated in the spring of 2018 with a degree in music education and a minor in scared music. Sarah was proud to win the Pressor Fellowship Award in April of 2017. She enjoyed touring with the Pembroke Singers group to Puerto Rico in 2015 and Mexico in 2017. For Sarah the seminar-style honors classes were rewarding for her because she enjoyed engaging in group dialogue.
Sarah’s senior project was a research paper that focused on the Metis Fiddle Group, a Native American Canadian group. She looked at how their issues with their identity and how they define themselves relates to the unique musical traditions in Canada. She was proud of the research that she completed for this project under the guidance of Dr. Josh Busman.
After graduation Sarah started her job hunt for local elementary music teaching jobs in the surrounding area. She also started offering private piano lessons again that were originally restrained due to her school responsibilities. She advises honors students to be open to talk with advisors and build relationships with them: “Be respectful and know your strengths and weaknesses going into honors classes. Be willing to communicate with other students and faculty because it will help you to succeed.” Her greatest memory is being a member of the honors college along with her brother Dan and sister Hannah. She loved having the opportunity to take classes with them and to attend events and experience college with them.
Thesis: Metis Fiddling: A Matter of Identity
Faculty Mentor: Joshua Busman