We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Perkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how do you think about risk?
Going into music as a career I knew would be a risky move in of itself. So many incredibly talented people come out of music conservatories every year. I am not incredibly talented. I had a good sound at a young age, but everything else did not come naturally. Rhythm, range, sense of pitch, confidence- not easy. What I did have was a great work ethic. If I was going to make this plunge into having music be my career, the deal I made with myself was that I would work as hard as I possibly could to make that dream happen.
What should our readers know about your business?
Now I run the Houston Brass Quintet, a 501c3 that I am incredibly proud of. Our target missions are very dear to my heart. On top of playing professional chamber music, we create the time to share our music with folks who may not normally get that level of music. Alzheimers/Dementia populations, as well as education, are the two main targets we serve. During COVID, we played everywhere in Houston, trying to share the best part of ourselves with our community at a hard time. Usually you think of music groups being pristine, tux-wearing groups. I like to think of the quintet as part of the city- gritty, colorful, and organic.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a musician, I would absolutely take them to Miller Outdoor Theatre to hear some free music on the hill! That’s definitely my go-to spot during the nice months of the summer! Bring your favorite picnic and hear some gorgeous music. While you are in that area, check out Miller Park, and go on a swan paddle boat ride!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to James Sims! Dr. Sims was my first trumpet teacher, who helped me fall in love with music. I remember really hearing him play at a summer camp and being completely captivated. That moment I knew I wanted to play that like. I wanted to be able to fill up a room with sound with effortless, magnificent sound. That moment changed my life.