Sarah Patricia Howard is an Ottawa-based singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and arts worker.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting from Carleton University (2018), where she was mentored by Juno-winner Lynn Miles, celebrated Canadian songwriter Ian Tamblyn, and earned the Carleton University Medal for Music. Writing in English and French, Sarah aims to tell the stories that matter – the stories of our lives – through her songs. Her first EP, Niagara (2018), explores how trauma maps onto landscapes in her own hometown, through a mix of field recordings and compositions. Sarah has performed at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, Girls to the Front at Irene’s Pub, Remixed Festival, as a Via Rail Artist on Board, the Centre Culturel Frontenac, and the National Arts Centre.
As a teaching artist, she has worked on a number of co-creation projects with children, youth, and community members, and particularly with English and French language learners. She has served as a volunteer educator for Ottawa organizations Girls+ Rock Ottawa and the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education. Sarah is an Ontario Certified Teacher (Junior, Intermediate, Senior Divisions) in Music and French, and completed the H’Art Centre’s MixAbilities training to support artist-participants with disabilities in 2021.
She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from uOttawa in Arts Administration (2013), a Master of Arts in Music & Culture from Carleton University (2015), and an Artist in Community Education Bachelor of Education from Queen's University (2020).
Sarah is grateful to work as the Coordinator of the Music Alive Program at the National Arts Centre of Canada, on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.