Sarah Bonsignore

Sarah was born in Durban, South Africa, to a large and musical family. Her father is a professional guitarist and singer, and her mother teaches choral and instrumental music at  the Durban Boys High School. Sarah began playing the piano at the age of four, and went on to receive formal lessons at age 7 with Ms Phyliss Hunt. She won many local competitions and festivals as a young classical pianist, and performed with orchestras and chamber groups throughout her province. A highlight of her career was playing for one of Mandela's inaugeration balls at the City Hall in her hometown of Durban. 

Sarah sang with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Youth Choir in high school, performing and competing throughout the country, and traveling to Europe with them as a soprano soloist and accompanist. She began writing music in high school, and one of her first songs was broadcast on SABC Television when she was 15 for a show called "The Shell Road to Fame". Sarah also performed for the NAPAC Playhouse Company in a number of theater and opera productions, and worked as a repeteur for the company during her college years. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Natal where she studied voice with Colleen Philp and piano with Isabella Stengel. She moved to New York to earn a Masters in voice at the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Ruth Falcon and Beth Roberts. Sarah was on the faculty of the Hackley School, Tarrytown, where she taught middle and high school music, directed musical theater, taught piano and voice and advised students. She has also taught early childhood and Dalcroze classes at The Diller Quaile School of Music, Manhattan, and was most recently the choral director at the Trinity School on the Upper West Side for 11 years, where she taught three mixed choirs and music theory, directed music for the 5th-12th grade chapel program, directed musicals and also advised two a cappella groups. Sarah was fortunate to take performance groups to Boston, Florida, Italy, Spain and Portugal during her tenure. 

Sarah loves teaching music to young people, and feels fortunate to have been led (by her amazing mom, Jenny) to a profession she is passionate about. She believes in the healing power of music, and knows firsthand the many educational and life long benefits of learning and mastering an instrument, singing from one's heart, and collaborating with others to create something beautiful. Sarah has found great solace in the practice of music making as a means to overcome struggles in her own life. Many of her songs are dedicated to the memory of her beautiful brothers, whose lives continue to inspire her journey. As a mother, she wishes for her children to discover and cultivate the things that bring them joy. 

Sarah recently relocated to Nashville where she lives with her husband, Steve, and their three young boys, ten year old twins Sean and Thomas, and seven year old, Aidan. She absolutely loves their new home and exploring their town and surrounding area.  Lately she can be found writing and producing music, reading, pretending to garden, pretending to play golf, and gazing at her children.

Her sons have told her in no uncertain terms that they will be  songwriters (and rock stars) when they grow up, and she could not be prouder.