Sara Botkin

Since her return from New York City to Pittsburgh in 2001, Pittsburgh  native Sara Botkin has been delighting audiences with her sparkling  soprano voice. She has appeared as a soloist with Chatham Baroque, The  University of Pittsburgh’s Bach and Baroque Ensemble, the Pittsburgh  Festival Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  music critic Andrew Druckenbrod wrote of one of Ms. Botkin’s  performances, "Of the vocal soloists…one of the youngest shone the  brightest: soprano Sara Botkin.  Her voice resonated with a clear, pure  timbre."

Ms. Botkin graduated with Highest Honors from Interlochen Arts  Academy and with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia    As a choral singer in New York, she performed with some of the nation’s  finest ensembles in the city’s most famous venues including Carnegie  Hall, Weill Recital Hall, St. John the Divine, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice  Tully Hall, and the State Theater at Lincoln Center.  She was an  original member of the 10-voice a cappella group The Douglas Frank  Chorale which in 2001 won the CARA award for Best Classical Album – The A Cappella Singer.  Ms. Botkin released her debut solo CD, An Angel’s Christmas, in 2003 and Pittsburgh Magazine named the disc a “Top 5 DJ Pick” in 2004.  Her 2007 disc, Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection, features  Gretchen Van Hoesen, principal harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and  their recording was heralded as “delicate and poignant – a full-length  delight for classical listeners and regular folks alike” by

Ms. Botkin has donated her CDs to raise funds for various  organizations including WQED-FM 89.3, the North Hills Food Bank,  WashArts and Westminster Presbyterian Church.  She also offers free CDs  to any soldier currently serving in the US military in honor of her  brother Lester, a former US Marine who served in Iraq.

While in New York, Sara spent her nights singing and her days  working for AON Corporation on the 105th floor of Two World Trade  Center.  A survivor of the September 11 attacks,  she relocated to her hometown of Pittsburgh where she is a Certified  Financial Planner™ and Vice President at Morgan Stanley in Upper St.  Clair.  Sara and her husband Ovi live in Canonsburg with their 4 year  old son Henry and 1 year old son Alex.