Sarah Aamot has been a director of choirs, musical director, orchestra conductor and private voice instructor for over 32 years. She holds a MM degree in Choral Conducting and Literature from St. Cloud State University, a BS degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education from Bemidji State University, and an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Willmar Community College (now Ridgewater College). Before moving back to the Brainerd area in 2003, Sarah lived in the Twin Cities area and was a choral member and soprano soloist with the Minnesota Chorale, the Minnesota Orchestra, The Bach Society of Minnesota, the Senior Choir of the historic First Baptist Church in St. Paul, and many other music organizations. She founded the Bemidji Alumni Choir for her Masters project in 1998, and was their Artistic Director for their first 5 seasons; the Bemidji Alumni Choir, based in the Twin Cities, is now in its 21st season. Sarah’s career in vocal music has included teaching and directing positions for church and community groups, and at all levels of education, including director of choirs at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Bemidji State University and Willmar Community College (now Ridgewater College); the school districts of So. Washington County, Brainerd and Clinton-Graceville,; orchestra director at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis; youth choir director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; and Artistic Director of the Bemidji Chorale, which was chosen to perform at the 1994 Minnesota ACDA Convention under her direction. Sarah has also taught private lessons for over 3 decades: as adjunct faculty at Bemidji State University, the Headwaters Community Music School in Bemidji, St. Cloud State University, Stillwater and Apple Valley High Schools, out of her homes in Cottage Grove and Baxter, and now at CLC. At Central Lakes College, Sarah leads the CLC Choir, and teaches Applied Voice Lessons and both face-to-face and online music classes, including Voice Training and American Popular Music. She is also a collaborator with the College in the Schools program, allowing her to work closely with participating high school choirs and their directors. Sarah hosts, along with the CLC Choir and her private voice students, the Linda Dryden Vocal Music miniFest, an annual vocal music festival to which area high school choirs are invited to participate in a day-long vocal workshop and mass choir rehearsal, with singers from the CLC Choir and Brainerd/Baxter community. Sarah’s passion for the vocal and choral arts, and her own personal experiences with great teachers and mentors, keeps her motivated to create memorable singing moments for her students similar to her own when she was in college. Students participating in the CLC vocal music department will have the opportunity to perform vocal and choral music from all styles and genres, give public performances on- and off-campus, travel to choral festivals throughout the state, and participate in other local and out-state music events. Plans for tours of the CLC Choir, both nationally and internationally, are being planned to start during the 2020-21 school year. Sarah also is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, a multi-community choir based in Brainerd/Baxter--now in its 18th Season--and leads the choir at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. She is a member of The American Choral Directors Association, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and Chorus America. Her other passions include spending time with friends and family, swimming in North Long Lake, taking naps, and performing with “Scotch & Soda,” a musical duo created by her former CLC colleague and friend, jazz pianist Steve Anderson.