I teach the whole student—acknowledging who they are when they begin their studies and recognizing their potential through rigorous and meaningful exploration of vocal technique, music, text, and the student’s identity as a performer.
Sara Goldstein joined the Conservatory voice faculty in 1988 and is interim chair of voice. In addition to applied voice, Goldstein teaches the Alexander Technique for Voice Performance course.
Goldstein has performed throughout the United States, France, and England. She has given solo recitals on France Musique radio and at Festival du Périgord Noir, as well as premiering a new opera on France Culture radio. Goldstein has also performed solo concerts at Boston's Jordan Hall, French Library, and the Goethe Institute. Other credits include featured performances with the Baroque Music Foundation (New York and Washington, D.C.) and Boston's Opera unMet.
Goldstein is an Alexander Technique International (ATI) certified teacher of Alexander Technique and has taught workshops for Boston Conservatory's Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop extension program, as well as to music teachers of the Boston Public Schools. She has given numerous master classes, including at the National Baroque Music Conservatory (CMBV) in Versailles, France, the Longy School of Music in Massachusetts, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Massachusetts.
Goldstein is the cofounder and director of voice workshops (Etudes et Rencontres Artistiques) in Montignac, France. Her previous teaching credits include the American College of Paris and Berklee College of Music. Her former students are singing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Diva Opera, and many are teaching at conservatories and universities.
Goldstein earned a B.A. in English and history from the University of Rochester with concurrent voice studies at the Eastman School of Music. She went on to earn an M.M. in voice from New England Conservatory, with additional studies at the Britten-Pears Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England. Goldstein studied with Susan Clickner, Grace Hunter, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and completed additional studies with William Christie, Rita Streich, and Hugues Cuénod.