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Sarah Bernard-Stevens currently serves as director of the Wind Ensemble and Coyote Pep Band, as well as Music Theory/Ear Training and Bassoon Instructor at Kansas Wesleyan University. During her time at Wesleyan, both ensembles under her direction have seen tremendous growth and increased creative output. Sarah is active in the area as a bassoonist and performs as principal bassoonist with the Salina Symphony Orchestra and the Bethany Oratorio Society.


Sarah holds degrees in Music Education and Russian Language from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her Master's degree in Music with an emphasis on instrumental conducting from Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, Sarah conducted the Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and the Volleyball and Basketball 'Cat Bands as well as assisted with teaching and organizing the 350 member Pride of Wildcatland K-State Marching Band. Prior to her current appointment, Sarah has taught at Fort Riley Middle School in Fort Riley, Kansas.


Sarah has composed and conducted the premieres of several pieces for band and orchestra. Recently, her orchestral arrangement of the Russian folk song, Kalinka, was published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers and was performed at the 2010 Midwest Music Clinic - the nation's largest music educator's convention. Sarah's other compositions have been performed by the K-State Concert Band, the University of Nebraska Concert Band and by several Kansas school music programs.
Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Tau Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Lambda.