Associate Conductor Sarah Quiroz joined the Columbia Summer Winds after the start of her involvement with the Columbia University Wind Ensemble three years ago. Day-to-day, Quiroz engages the wonderful, young minds of K-6th grade students in general music and chorus in Valley Stream, Long Island, and spends the rest of the time immersed in any wind band setting possible. Conducting the Columbia Summer Winds is the perfect change of pace for the summer, as her passion lies with the wind band and its uniquely invigorating sound and repertoire!
Quiroz received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, a small, private university in Stockton, California, where she graduated cum laude. She completed her Masters Degree in Music Education at Teachers College at Columbia University in 2012. Quiroz is active as a pianist, clarinetist and conductor in New York, and in spare time, expands her studies in music therapy. Although, you can often find her either in a yoga class, composing at the piano or buried in a score.
The beginning of Quiroz’s conducting study occurred in 2009 while pursuing her degree at Pacific, conducting the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the University of the Pacific Wind Ensemble at the university-wide commencement ceremony, student recitals and composition premieres. Quiroz also appeared twice in the Columbia Festival of Winds, initially through the CUWE Conducting Partnership with Teachers College, then returned as a guest conductor the following year. She then appeared on the podium with CSW as a guest conductor last summer for the first time. Her conducting teachers include Eric Hammer, Nicholas Waldvogel, Dino Anagnost, and Virginia Allen. Further study includes symposiums with distinguished conductors Jerry Junkin, Richard Floyd, Mallory Thompson and Robert Halseth.