Dr. Sarah Graham
Director of Choirs
Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Sarah J. Graham is the Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Kaskaskia College, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Madrigals/Jazz Choir and the Kaskaskia College Community Chorale. At Kaskaskia she teaches Class Piano, Music in America, Music Appreciation and Private Applied Voice. Prior to her appointment at Kaskaskia College, Dr. Graham served as the Assistant Illinois State University and the Director of Choral Activities at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.
Dr. Graham attended Michigan State University in East Lansing where she received her DMA and MM degrees in music conducting while studying with Charles Smith, David Rayl, Jonathan I. Reed and Sandra Snow. Prior to attending Michigan State University, Dr. Graham spent seven years teaching public school choral music at the secondary level in Washington State where she received a BA in Secondary Choral Music Education and Church Music from Whitworth University in Spokane, and an MA degree in Classroom Teaching and English from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
An active member of her professional organizations, Dr. Graham has served on the state boards for both the Illinois and Washington chapters of the American Choral Directors Associations (ACDA), and was the advisor for the Illinois State University Student ACDA chapter. She was elected to serve as the secretary on the national board for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), for which she served from 2009-2011.
Remaining active in her professional organizations, Dr. Graham regularly presents sessions at meetings and conferences, including the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educatorís National Conference), both regionally and nationally. She is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for solo and ensemble as well as large group choral contests nationally.
Dr. Graham resides in Centralia with her three children who are adopted from Ghana, West Africa and her two dogs.