HAYS, Kan. -- Sarah Dorian, a music
teacher for Spring Hill USD 230, is one of many guest instructors at the High
Plains Music Camp taking place this week on Fort Hays State's campus.
This is Dorian's second year at the
High Plains Music Camp. Michelle Postier, assistant director, asked Dorian to
lend a hand. She said her students also had always told her she needed to
Dorian comes from a musical
background. She is the youngest of four, and all of her siblings were active in
music. She remembers her sister going away to music camp.
Music, she said, "wasn't really
"It was just something I did. I
always had an instrument in my hands."
Dorian says she always knew she was
going to end up a musician. "I can remember learning to read books as a
child, but not music," said Dorian. "It was always there."
Dorian emphasizes that, though she
plays several instruments, she considers herself a cellist. She began playing
the violin at age 3, the piano at 5, and the cello at 6.
"I tell my students, I was a
great math student in school and got A's, but I was by no means a
In addition to High Plains, Dorian
has instructed at camps at Marrowstone in Seattle, Wash., and Valparaiso
University in Valparaiso, Ind. She also attended numerous camps as a student.
Dorian holds a Bachelor of Music
degree in performance from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., a master's
degree in music performance from Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Ind., and a
Master of Science degree in education from FHSU. She has taught for 21 years
and has been at Spring Hill for four.
Dorian says the kids really make
working at the camp a great experience.
"These are the neatest,
kindest, most hardworking kids. I come to work with colleagues, and I think
FHSU has one of the best music programs in the state."
Several of Dorian's students have
attended in the past, and the number of campers has increased each year. A
group of her students has participated each year the orchestra option has been
This year, Dorian is working with a
Vivaldi group, a cello and bass ensemble, and a lower-string instrument group.
She also gets to help with the rock orchestra and is participating in the
faculty rock group.
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