Sarah Bowman Peterson, librarian

Sarah Bowman Peterson is currently Principal Librarian of the Grand Rapids Symphony. She previously held that position with the Virginia Symphony and was also an assistant for the Dallas Symphony. In the summers, Sarah is Librarian for the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin.

Sarah began playing the piano at age 4 and then oboe at age 9. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in oboe performance from Juilliard, studying with John Ferrillo and Thomas Stacy. At age 22, Sarah won the Assistant Principal Oboe position with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. After performing in Hong Kong for 4 years, she returned to the United States to get her Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan.

Sarah has held oboe/English horn positions with the Long Island Philharmonic, the Garland and Las Colinas Symphonies and the Ann Arbor Symphony. She also performs regularly with the Grand Rapids Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony. Summer festivals include the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music North, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and Summer Garden at MOMA in New York City.

Sarah is married to Hornist Erich Peterson, and they live in Grand Rapids with their two daughters Amelia and Violet and their cat Minnie. In her spare time Sarah loves cooking and shoe shopping.

August Symphony Series performance location

Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek 

The Peninsula Music Festival - 10347 Highway 42

Unit B Green Gables Shops 

P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, Wisconsin  54211


Phone: (920) 854-4060