Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Sarah Lahasky became infected with Johnny Hamil’s contagious bass love around the age of thirteen. After five years of private study in Johnny’s studio, Sarah earned her BM in double bass performance at Shenandoah University-Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. Donovan Stokes. During her studies, Sarah performed in the Shenandoah Conservatory’s bass ensemble, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and EDGE new music ensemble, among others.
Highlights of Sarah’s career include serving as principal bass for the world premier of Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony at the Strathmore Music Center, as well as being selected to perform for “La semana de las artes” at the Centro Nave Cultural in Mendoza, Argentina. Other recent performances have included the 2014 Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra’s tour across Spain, and as part of a bass trio, Sarah was invited to perform with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra in Williamsburg, VA in 2015.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys performing with The Tippers, a country rock band, and a sibling trio with her brother and sister, known as the “Low House Keys” (pun intended). Sarah is currently pursuing a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she plays bass with the UT Conjunto and Hispanic Caribbean ensembles. As a 6-year KC Bass Workshop attendee, Sarah is thrilled to share some of her favorite Latin American-influenced musics with her ‘original’ bass family.