Sarah Smokay Linfors is a lecturer of music education at Ithaca College where she supervises junior and senior student teachers. She is the director of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus’ Intermezzo ensemble and the past director of the Longview/Ithaca College Intergenerational Choir. She also teaches with the Community School of Music and privately.
Sarah holds degrees from Southeastern University (B.S.E.) and Florida State University (M.M.E.) in choral music education. She has completed Orff-Schulwerk Level I and Suzuki Every Child Can! courses. Her scholarly and research interests include elementary music pedagogy, the effects of peer collaboration on pre-service teachers, and early childhood music acquisition and cognition.
Originally a native of Florida, Sarah has taught elementary and middle school choirs, elementary and middle school piano and general music and has served as an adjudicator for the Florida Vocal Association. While at Florida State University, she was a graduate assistant conductor with Choral Union and a graduate assistant instructor in Communication Skills for the Musician: a choral literature and conducting lab class for music therapy majors.
Sarah is passionate about collaborating with music educators and advocating for music education and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association.