Sarah Smith Waters teaches applied percussion, steel drum band, percussion ensemble, conducting, African and American Music at Ohio Northern University. She received her Doctorate in Percussion Performance from the Ohio State University in 1995, and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Wind Conducting from Western Michigan University (1991). A native of Lima, Ohio, she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio Northern University in 1987. She is the director of the Ohio Northern Summer Music Camp for students in grades 7-12.
Together with Dr. David Kosmyna, their CD, “Shreds: Music for Trumpet and Percussion,” will be released through Centaur Records in 2014. This past May, Waters traveled through northwest China performing and teaching master classes at several universities and High schools in Beijing, Harbin, and Shenyang. An article written about Chinese drumming will appear in Percussive Notes in 2015, and an article on Music Education in China will appear in Music Educator’s Journal in January 2014. In November, Waters will be performing with “Pan-Rocks!” in Akron, Ohio. Waters was a member of the “All-Star Steel Drum Band” which performed at PASIC in Austin, Texas in November 2012. This summer, 2014, Waters will be teaching “African Music Since 1950” at the University of Ghana through the United Studies Abroad Consortium.
Currently she performs with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and can often be heard or seen performing in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts or Snyder Recital Hall on ONU’s campus for various events.