Raised in Susanville, California, cellist Sarah McGrath received much of her formative training in symphonies and chamber groups in Northern California and Nevada. Following early studies with Emily Uhlman, assistant principal of the Reno Philharmonic, she relocated to Biola University, where she completed studies in cello with Marlin Owen and chamber music with Elizabeth Larson.
McGrath has been the participant of several chamber music festivals, including the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop in Humbolt, California, and Credo Chamber Music at the Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio. While at Oberlin, she worked closely with Alan Harrell of the Cleveland Orchestra and Stephen Clapp, the late dean emeritus of the Juilliard School.
A frequent solo and chamber music recitalist, with repertoire ranging from baroque and classical to folk, McGrath also enjoys performing and recording with contemporary bands. In addition to her work as a freelance player and teacher, she devotes special time to music outreach, working with care centers, hospitals and convalescent homes.