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 at Humboldt State University, 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. McGrath's most recent performances have been with the Pacific Coast Quartet, a premiere string quartet based in Orange County, California.
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. McGrath currently resides in Bremerton, Washington where she works as a freelance player and a private cello instructor. She devotes special time to music outreach, working with care and rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and convalescent homes.