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Sarah Forbes

Piano, Voice, & Guitar Program Manager


University of North Carolina School of the Arts, BM, Flute Performance
Northwestern University, MM, Performance


Sarah Forbes (Mitchener) is a flutist, vocalist, and pianist hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. A fellow Wildcat, she received her MM from Northwestern University in the spring of 2020. She has performed solo and in orchestras across the United States and numerous cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. Since graduating, Sarah has pursued her love of teaching and holds her Suzuki certification in both piano and flute. Sarah is passionate about empowering her students through music and finding ways to make music of all genres accessible and relevant to her students. When she’s not teaching or performing, she enjoys cooking, baking, running, and spending time with her golden retriever Daisy. Sarah is both honored and humbled to join the Merit team as the Piano, Voice, and Guitar Program Manager!


I can’t ever get enough of Melody Gardot or Norah Jones.

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“Once music becomes part of you, it’s there forever. Music education teaches discipline, tenacity, and empathy from a young age and nurtures the heart. Merit’s determination to remove barriers associated with music education is vital to forward progress. Merit has been ahead of its time since its founding in the ’70s.”