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Themed Concerts

I love being both a Performing Musician and an Educator. Drawing on both skill sets, I become a Teaching Artist, offering Themed Concerts.

Working with Sarah Clay is pleasure! Her good organization, quick yet thoughtful communication, and excellent preparation makes program planning a snap. Add to that her wonderful singing, and you have yourself a winning event that is easily assembled and sure to please. - Matthew Jaquith, Librarian Springfield City Library


What is a Themed Concert?

A Themed Concert is a live performance, about an hour long, of music and stories. Between songs, I might describe an interesting aspect of the composer's life, popular culture or history of the time, or tell something funny about the song. 

The music was gorgeous, and the stories were fascinating! Really made the songs come alive! - Mike Jones, a happy audience member 

Pergola at South Hadley LibraryThe songs are connected by a theme, giving continuity to the program. I select and research songs that fit the theme, many from the Great American Songbook, but also a smattering of Blues, Latin jazz, Bossa Nova, and more modern popular songs.

Huge stage presence. The crowd loved it. Two weeks later I am still hearing people comment about Sarah's presentation.”  – Desi Smelcer, South Hadley Public Library 



Who hosts Themed Concerts?

Themed Concerts work well in libraries, senior centers, historical sites, museums and house concerts. If your audience likes to learn a bit while being entertained, this will be a great fit. More informative than a concert, more entertaining than a lecture, Themed Concerts appeal to a broad, multi-generational audience. And if you'd like me to call attention to your collection of musical materials (books, CDs, DVDs, or printed music), or special history of your organization, I can integrate that into the program. No problem! 

We enjoyed your concert! Your singing was very enjoyable.” – James Dowell, Lathrop Communities, Easthampton


Grant Funding

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Many of my Themed Concerts have been funded by Massachusetts Local Cultural Council grants. I'd be happy to work with you to apply for funding from your town. Annual application deadlines are usually in mid-October.

"Professional and easy to work with. I cannot speak more highly about Sarah!” 
– Desi Smelcer, South Hadley Public Library



Conway Public LibrarySample Themes

• Moon & Stars: Songs of Celestial Bodies

The Royalty of American Song Composers: Berlin, Gershwin, Ellington, Porter

• Let's Face the Music and Dance: Songs about dancing and dancers; reflecting dance as a metaphor for life

• Queens of American Song: Women who wrote & performed classic songs  Sarah singing, eyes closed, hair plaited

• I'll Be Seeing You: Songs of love & perseverance in the WWII era


Let's bring a Themed Concert to your audience. Contact Sarah today!


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413-586-9564 (studio)

413-687-3228 (cell/text)

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