Sarah Hansen

Affiliate Instructor, Cello

Constance Hall 303


Sarah Hansen is the Instructor of Cello at Bradley University. She began her musical education in her hometown of Cincinnati and has since studied, performed, and collaborated with leading musicians across the country.

Sarah regularly plays with ensembles throughout the midwest; including the Illinois Symphony, the Quad City Symphony, the Chicago Composers’ Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony. She has been featured as soloist in recitals and concert series across the United States; including appearances last season with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra and the Bradley University Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Sarah is the co-founder of the Amazonland Chamber Players, which seeks to create a performance experience in which audience members are active participants.

Sarah joined the music faculty at Bradley University in the Fall of 2015, where she teaches cello and performs with Peoria Lunaire. She also maintains a large private cello studio in Chicago, and has previously served on faculty at the Chicago School of Music and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

A dedicated ambassador for the partnership among performers, audiences, and communities, Sarah frequently presents educational concerts, programs, and discussions in a variety of venues and settings. In 2014, she lead a seminar at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for doctors and medical students looking to better understand the physical demands and challenges facing modern performing artists.  

Sarah is a graduate of DePaul University’s School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree, and The Hartt School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree and was a finalist in the prestigious Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence. Her primary teachers included Stephen Balderston, Mihai Tetel, and Tom Guth.

Outside of performing and teaching, Sarah spends her time training for her next marathon or triathlon. She also dabbles in art and enjoys exploring Chicago's many cafés, restaurants, and sidewalk libraries.