Sarah Bast

Music Accompanist
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Sarah Bast has been an accompanist at Hope since 2014. She works with music faculty, staff and students playing in recitals, juries, studio classes, rehearsals and lessons. She also performs with student ensembles, such as the Wind Ensemble and Chapel Choir.


  • M.M., piano performance, University of Michigan, 2004
  • B.M., piano performance, St. Olaf College, 2002

Professional Experience

Prior to Hope, Sarah was a private piano instructor in Ann Arbor, a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan and a piano instructor at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor’s Conservatory community music program in Belton, Texas.

She received additional training in the piano program at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. Her former teachers include Louis Nagel, Arthur Greene, Rebecca Penneys, Kent McWilliams and Kenneth Graber.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2001 winner of the MTNA Collegiate Piano Competition in Minnesota
  • 2002 runner-up in both the Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis and Thursday Musical Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Performed as a Senior Soloist Competition winner with the St. Olaf Orchestra
  • Awarded the MTNA Star award for student achievement

Why I Love Hope College

Sarah loves being involved in music at Hope. She especially enjoys getting to know students and watching them grow as musicians over their time here.

Outside the College

Sarah lives in Holland with her husband, Peter, and their three children. She also loves reading (favorite authors include Jane Austen, Dorothy Sayers, George Eliot and Anthony Trollope) and traveling.

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Sarah Bast

Phone Number616.395.7650

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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