Sara Chiego was born in Lahore, West Pakistan, where her parents were teaching missionaries with the United Methodist Church. She ended up in Little Rock, Arkansas via Bloomington, Indiana and Los Angeles, California where she played in the Arkansas Symphony as a teenager. She met her husband, John Chiego, in the orchestra′s bass section. She spent several summers of her high school years at the Interlochen National Music Camp playing with the World Youth Symphony.
In 1979 Sara and John moved to Memphis from Evanston, Illinois where they had been attending Northwestern University. John was appointed Professor of Double Bass at the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) and Principal Bass of the Memphis Symphony. Sara joined the Memphis Symphony bass section at that time while completing her undergraduate degree at Memphis State and was Assistant Principal Bass for almost twenty years. In 1981 she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she received the Master of Music Performance degree. While in Cincinnati she played with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Dayton Symphony and the Taft Chamber Players. During the summers Sara has taught and performed as Principal Bass at the Allegheny Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She was a member of the Tennessee Summer Symphony for four years. Sara is presently an adjunct instructor at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis and a member of the Memphis Symphony bass section.
B.M., University of Memphis
M.M. University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music