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Sarah Manasreh

Bio

Sarah Manasreh is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she teaches applied lessons, clarinet ensemble, single reed methods, music theory, and aural skills. Prior to coming to UWSP, she was the clarinet professor at Alma College, the clarinet and saxophone professor at Albion College, and the instructor of clarinet and music theory at Lansing Community College. She has also taught various classes in music theory, applied clarinet, woodwind pedagogy, chamber music, aural skills, and woodwind methods at the University of Arkansas, Michigan State University, and Florida State University.

As an active performer, Dr. Manasreh has enjoyed a diverse performing career throughout the United States and Europe. She has served as principal clarinet for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Alma Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Arkansas Philharmonic, and as an auxiliary clarinetist in the Jackson Symphony, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Smith Symphony. Dr. Manasreh spent many years as an active woodwind doubler performing in jazz combos, big bands, and in Broadway productions such a Legally Blond, Little House on the Prairie, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Rat Pack is Back, and many more.

As a solo performer, Dr. Manasreh often pushes the boundaries of traditional clarinet performance – engaging in commissions, premieres, and unusual programs – most notably with pieces for clarinet and electronics. In addition to performing solo recitals throughout the United States, she has most recently performed as a soloist with the UWSP Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble as well as the Stevens Point Community Band.

Dr. Manasreh is an active member of the International Clarinet Association – most recently as a member of the social media committee. In addition to her duties with ICA, she has formed several student-led groups at UWSP that promote wellness and equity in music.  Specifically she established the Student Coalition for Equity in Music which provides students with knowledge on diversity, equity and inclusion and fosters student discussion and action within the field of music.

Dr. Manasreh completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State University as Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr’s last doctoral student. She earned her master’s in music performance from The Royal Northern College of Music and her bachelors in music performance from Florida State University. 

Research Interests

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Music
  • Mental Wellness in Music Education
  • Composer/Performer Collaborations
  • Clarinet and Electronics Clarinet and Electronics – A Recital, November 2018, Stevens Point, WI Campus:
  • Student Coalition for Equity in Music, Faculty Founder (2020 – Present)
  • Mental Wellness Student Support Group, Faculty Founder (2020 – Present)

Professional Memberships

  • International Clarinet Association – Social Media Committee

I enjoy helping students reach their potential, and this joy is found in the little moments and successes that students have every week! It’s a journey of small joyful moments.

Sarah manasreh
Sarah Manasreh
Assistant Professor - Clarinet
Assistant Professor - Music Theory

Office:
311 Noel Fine Arts Center

Education

DMA - Music Performance
Michigan State University

MM - Music Performance
Royal Northern College of Music

BM - Music Performance
Florida State University