Sarah Melnick née Van Sciver (she/her/hers) is an artist and educator proud to empower fellow CalArtians to bolster and balance creative careers making art, making a living, and making a difference. She holds a Performer-Composer MFA from CalArts, a General Music Studies Professional Certificate from Berklee, and a Music BA from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to running her own music-arts business, Sarah has worked with arts, culture, and education organizations including the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Studio Crash, Stimulus Children’s Theater, Platt Performing Arts House, and Sholem, as well as studios, galleries, schools, and community programs spotlighting performing, visual, and literary arts. Sarah writes, arranges, records, and produces scores, songs, sound, and video for film/TV, theatre, dance, concert, opera, and studio album productions. She performs as a vocalist, pianist, harpist, ukulele player, and conductor/music director and mentors aspiring, emerging, and established artists. At CalArts, Sarah has had the pleasure of serving the Institute as a CAP (Community Arts Partnership) instructor, Herb Alpert School of Music TA and instructor, Alumni & Family Engagement Assistant Director, and Admissions Assistant Director representing our Herb Alpert School of Music.
With the Center for Life & Work, Sarah helps CalArts students and alumni with resume and cover letter reviews, interview strategy and salary negotiation, professional development workshops, and job search and internship support.