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CANTORIAL STUDENT & SOPRANO

Sara LeMesh is a first-year cantorial student at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She looks forward to spending the 2021-2022 academic year in Jerusalem, Israel. She is also the recipient of The T'ruah Israel Fellowship which offers in-depth leadership and training opportunities within the Year-In-Israel Program. 

Updated July 2021

Ms. LeMesh's 2020-2021 performance season included Catapult Opera's Accelerate Competition, the role of Lucy in City Lyric Opera's Threepenny Opera,  and an independently produced music video with her piano-vocal duo, Chordless.

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ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Catapult Opera

ACCELERATE

Soprano & Producer

October 2020

CHORDLESS

Music Video

Zoom Premiere

Spring 2020

View video footage of Ms. LeMesh's performances as well as production and press photo galleries.

Media

WATCH MS. LeMESH

View video footage of selections from Breaking the Waves and other contemporary works by Ligeti, Crumb, and Bacewicz. 

Ms. LeMesh recently produced a "heartbreakingly beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle) music video with her piano-vocal duo, Chordless.

News

Music Video Premiere

The Night in Silence Under Many a Star

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Ms. LeMesh premiered a music video created with her piano-vocal duo, Chordless. In February 2020, they recorded and filmed "The Night in Silence Under Many a Star" from George Crumb's Apparition. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle praised the "heartbreakingly beautiful" film and the San Francisco Classical Voice praised the duo for "provide[ing] a futuristic model for classical music."

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San Francisco Classical Voice

Musicians Come to Terms With Performing for the Camera

Ms. LeMesh spoke with Lou Fancher of the San Francisco Classical Voice about the unique challenges of adapting performances for film. "LeMesh seemed energized and enthused by working with sound engineer Matt Carr to record a video, and eager to learn about recording and editing programs."

“One of those songs, “Sveitaar, sveimen var Kvieoinen: ‘Koorwei, Koorwei’ ” pushed Sara Lemesh’s plush soprano into expressively guttural depths.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES