Sariah Pinick, Instructor of Voice, has been teaching at Music/Arts Institute® since 2000. She has also taught at Blue River Community College, one of the Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Northland Cathedral School of Music and the University of Missouri Community Music Program.
Sariah completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance Magna Cum Laude in 2000 from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts in Music from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2003. While at the Conservatory, she focused her studies on Voice Pedagogy and focused her thesis on the transformation of Expressionism during World War I through Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck. Sariah has studied with Jo Ella Todd and Un Chong Christopher and has performed in master classes for Richard Miller, Evelyn Lear and Paul Kiesgen.
Sariah is active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has served as the Kansas City Chapter Treasurer and Missouri Music Educator’s Association and Missouri Choral Directors Association. She is an active member of the Kansas City Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women, and has served as Vice-President of Membership and Chairwoman of Alumnae Projects and Vice-President Scholarships.
The vocal technique taught in Sariah’s voice studio is based on the Italian technique of appoggio breathing and the bel canto ideal, or what she prefers to define as healthy singing. This, coupled with the balance of breathing technique, diction and musicality assures the student longevity, flexibility and beauty of the voice. Her students have earned superior ratings at competitions at the district and state level and many have gone on to earn music scholarships at the collegiate level. They have been featured in numerous musical theatre and opera productions in the Kansas City Metro area.
Ms. Pinick has adjudicated various vocal competitions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Sigma Alpha Iota, American Kids, Inc. and the Independence Music Club. Sariah has been a Semi-Finalist for the Center for Contemporary Opera Opera Singers Competition in New York, NY. She has been the featured soprano soloist in W. A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Master Works Concert and recently performed the role of Anna Leonowens in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I with City Theatre of Independence and Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Blue Springs City Theatre. Sariah sings with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus under the direction of Maestro Charles Bruffy, including the Kansas City Symphony's record of Holst's The Planets and the inaugural season of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Helzberg Hall. She is thrilled to have sung sing with the Kansas City Ballet fall 2012 production of Carmina Burana. Sariah enjoys singing at church services throughout the Kansas City Metro area.