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Sarah Goslee Reed

Artist's Narrative

Sarah Goslee Reed Growing up, there was always music in Sarah Goslee Reed's home. Her father played the bassoon in the Cleveland Orchestra and her mother played the cello and string bass. She loved the folk music of the sixties, and taught herself to play the guitar based upon her knowledge of the violin, and learned songs by listening to records.

Sarah's latest CD is called Plenty - a cornucopia of songs celebrating the positive in life, featuring tunes about the garden, the mystery of a large oak table, a piano, a neon sign, and a wolf. The CD raises funds for mental health awareness through the Wesley Garrett Memorial Fund at Black River Middle School in Sullivan, Ohio. Other recordings are It's About Time, Like The Light of the Moon and Cowboy on the Highway. Her years of association with Camp Nuhop, a camp for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, resulted in a CD called Songfest which includes all the songs performed at camp celebrations. Two artist-in-residence projects with elementary schools have resulted in fun and educational CDs of songs written and sung by children - Songs of Science and School Rocks!

Sarah performs classical music in the Knox County Symphony and in small ensembles, and has also pursued a career in microbiology. She loves nature and animals and surrounds herself with both. She lives in rural Mount Vernon, Ohio with her husband and numerous pets.

'We are inspired after Friday night's wonderful performance by Sarah. Her voice was exquisite clear, pure and most appealing. Her original songs were of real life events, happy memories of childhood, of family and friends, living life to its fullest.'
~ Fate and Melanie, Highlands of Ohio

'Utterly charming! You've put together a beauty here.'
~ Nancy Thomas, Aspen Music Festival

'The folksy It's About Time summons an innocent state of wonder as Reed's rich voice sings about flashing fireflies, laughing children and a glowing moon...Reed's acoustic guitar plays front and center and her dad's bassoon helps the breezy tunes float by.'
~ D.X. Ferris, Cleveland Scene Magazine

'... an almost orchestral diversity of sound, gels together in the classic tight-yet-loose manner of the best bands. If I ever have another person ask why I, as a writer, choose to live in sleepy rural Ohio instead of in a happening central metropolis, I will play them this. If they don't get it from this song's dappled-green joy, they won't ever get it.'

~ Mark Jordan, playwright and poet

Video
Sarah performing in the duo Prairie Orchid.
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Availability

Upon request.
Fees listed are for Columbus-area schools. This artist is based in Mount Vernon.

Programs Available

Songwriting Workshop (Grade levels K-12)
Students bring poetry or stories written ahead of time, and learn how to set those to music.  Alternatively, topics can be brainstormed and songs created on the spot to tie into the curriculum.  This is followed by a performance (total activity usually requires 2-3 days).
Activity Options:
Songwriting Workshop
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $250
  • Requirements: Classroom or assembly space, electricity. Maximum of three sessions per day.

Lecture/Demo/Mini-concert (Grade levels 7-12)
Performance of a variety of original and contemporary songs. This includes a discussion of the artist's  professional life as a musician and songwriter. This program is especially recommended for high school students interested in arts and music.
Activity Options:
Lecture/Demo/Mini-concert
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $250
  • Requirements: Classroom or assembly space, electricity. Maximum of three sessions per day.

Music Assembly Program (Grade levels K-6)
Program includes career songs, nature and environmental awareness, and songs from children's literature. All programs emphasize self-esteem, include elements of friendship, family, cooperation, honesty, and humor. Children are involved with singing, rhythms, and hand motions.
Activity Options:
Literature...Right to Read Week
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $250
Environment...Earth Day Celebrations
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $250
Career...What will I be when I grow up?
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $250
General...a mix of the above including both American and international folksongs
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $250