Noted Alumni

Many prospective students wonder what others before them have gone on to do. Sarah Lawrence College produces outstanding students and graduates who have developed acclaimed careers in music. Here are just a few:

  • Kati Agocs, award-wining composer
  • Sam Amidon, Celtic violin, banjo, and recording artist
  • Steven Burke, composer who went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Yale School of Music, and Cornell University (where he received his D.M.A.). A recipient of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Presser Scholar while at Sarah Lawrence, Burke started as a pre-med student at the College. He soon discovered that his love of music overpowered his love of science and mathematics, although those disciplines continued to influence the way he thought about and wrote music.
  • Peter Castaldi, baritone
  • Marty Demarest, composer/gaming critic
  • Jed Distler, composer/music director
  • Marilyn Dubow, violinist with the New York Philharmonic
  • David Gamson, producer, songwriter, musician and synth pioneer
  • Girlyman (Nate Borofsky, Tylan Greenstein, Doris Muramatsu), leading edge three-part harmony folk pop group
  • Leslie Gore, singer
  • Carol Hall, Broadway theater composer, including Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Zoë Keating, avant cello
  • Stacey Kent, cabaret singer
  • Peter Kirn & Create Digital Music, music technology author
  • Abena Koomson, singer/actor/poet
  • David Krakauer, clarinetist, composer and one of the world's leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish music. His group, Klezmer Madness!, has recently released a CD, A New Hot One. Read a review of Krakauer's work online.
  • Joyce Zankel Lindorff, harpsichordist
  • Josh Mancellcomposer for film, television and video games
  • Meredith Monk, multi-talented, cutting-edge composer, choreographer, performance artist, and singer
  • Yoko Ono, conceptual and performance artist, musician and activist. See Instant Karma! and Ono's artist bio from Rolling Stone magazine for more information about her life and work.
  • Dave Porter, film and TV composer
  • Johanna Maria Rose (Anonymous 4), early music vocalist
  • Kamala Sankaram, composer/performer
  • Carly Simon, singer
  • Joanna Simon, singer
  • Carly Thomas, singer/actress
  • Christine Toy, singer/actor/writer
  • Anna Villonco, singer/actor
  • Giancarlo Vulcano, film composer