Whether playing salsa grooves at a dance party or a rock concert for a class of 270 college students, Sarah Lahasky’s bass love transverses numerous music styles. Trained primarily as a classical bassist, her performance highlights include serving as principal bassist for the world premier of Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony at the Strathmore Music Center and performing for “La semana de las artes” at the Centro Nave Cultural in Mendoza, Argentina. Other recent performances include Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra’s tour across Spain and playing live on Kansas Public Radio with the Heartland Chamber Music Festival’s Camerata Chamber Orchestra.
Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Sarah studied bass with Johnny Hamil for five years. She received a bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. Donovan Stokes, and a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a PhD student in ethnomusicology and her research focuses on popular and folk musics in Latin America. Sarah plans to travel to Cuba in June to study bass techniques and pedagogy of popular Cuban dance music styles, thanks to a Rainwater Innovation Grant through UT Austin’s Butler School of Music.