Sarah Beatty, MMus

Adjunct Faculty - Voice

College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Beatty made her concert debut in 1973 when, as a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus she was called upon to sing, on one hour's notice the soprano solo in the Beethoven Missa Solemnis under the baton of Sir Georg Solti. Subsequently she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony in Schumann's Das Paradies und Die Peri, Haydn's Creation, and Sessions' When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd with Carlo Maria Giulini, Henry Mazur, and frequently with Sir Georg. This provided an opportunity to audition for James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera. A rostered artist for 1977 she sang Helmwige in the season's performances of Die Walkuere under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf. Orchestral appearances include those with symphonies of San Francisco, Minnesota, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Detroit in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which was broadcast nationally on public TV. She sang the role of Winter in the American premier of Cavalli's L'Egisto under Raymond Leppard. An original member of Chicago's Music of the Baroque, Ms. Beatty is the featured soprano soloist on the acclaimed compact disc recordings of the 1610 Vespers to the Blessed Virgin and Vom Himmel Hoch.

Sarah Beatty studied at the Manhattan School of Music, the St. Nicholas Theatre School of Drama, is a B.A. graduate of Maryville College and has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.

After joining the music faculty at Concordia in 1993 Beatty organized annual all-faculty recitals. NATS was brought to Concordia as a workshop site in 1997-98, and the annual course, Richard Miller in the Midwest became a summer event for several years.

She currently is Coordinator of Voice Studies at Concordia University Chicago, cantor and psalmist at St. Viator Catholic Church, and Director of Music at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. 


  • MMus, Northwestern University; Evanston, Ill.
  • BA, Maryville College; Maryville, Tenn.