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Sarah Lewis


Assistant Principal

DSO member since 2017

Prior to joining the DSO, Sarah Lewis served as Second Oboe of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has made guest appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Petoskey, Michigan, Lewis made weekly trips to the Interlochen Arts Academy during high school to study with Daniel Stolper. She completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, studying with Jan Eberle, where she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the arts.

Under the tutelage of Nathan Hughes, Lewis received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School, with additional studies from Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, and Linda Strommen. Lewis also participated in the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival where she was a recipient of the Mickey L. Hooten Memorial Award.

Lewis now spends her summer months performing the roles of Second Oboe and English Horn in the Festival Napa Valley and the Classical Tahoe Orchestra in Nevada. A passionate music educator, Lewis enjoys teaching oboe privately and has served as guest lecturer at Michigan State University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

When she is not playing the oboe or making reeds, Lewis enjoys yoga, baking, and hiking with her adventurous husband, McLain.