SARAH MARTIN MCCONNELL
Founder & Executive Director, Music For Seniors
TOPIC: Sharing Live Music with Seniors. Transformational & Essential.
Sarah founded Music for Seniors in July, 2007. Under her leadership, her original concept, to enlist area musicians for live music outreach to older adults, has grown into a thriving 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. A professional musician, singer and songwriter since 1976, Sarah’s accomplishments include solo performer as well as lead vocalist with various jazz and pop bands performing in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Nashville. She garnered national commercial credits as jingle singer and SAG/Aftra actress and was twice featured as a “New Folk Artist” at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Sarah’s songwriting credits include: Must I Fall (Walter Hyatt, “Music Town,” Sugar Hill Records) and The Standoff and Reach for Me (Walter Hyatt, “Some Unfinished Business,” King Tears Music).
In August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina blew Sarah’s 84-year-old mother, Marge, (then recently diagnosed with mid-stage Alzheimer’s) from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Nashville, changing forever the course of Sarah’s personal and professional life by inspiring the launch of Music for Seniors.