Sarah Paquet is the Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer at Smith College, where she leads choral ensembles, teaches musicianship and music appreciation, and maintains an undergraduate voice studio. Active in the local music community, Sarah also serves as Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus and Chamber Choir.
Prior to joining the faculty at Smith, Sarah was Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old Farms School (Avon, CT). While at Avon, she taught five curricular ensembles, directed musical theater productions, and served as an interim head of the music department. Additionally, she led the school's select ensemble, the Riddlers, on a performance tour of France and England. Her past appointments include director roles at University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Detroit, MI) and St. Mary Student Parish (Ann Arbor, MI).
While completing her coursework at Yale, Sarah served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Glee Club, directing the ensemble in tour performances throughout the country. She was also an assistant conductor for the Yale Camerata and co-directed the Marquand Chapel Choir of Yale Divinity School.
A mezzo-soprano, Sarah has performed, toured and recorded with ensembles such as Audivi, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, and Yale Schola Cantorum.
Sarah's primary conducting teachers include Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, Simon Carrington, Eugene Rogers, and Paul Rardin. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Yale University.