Sarah Darling received the “Stand For Music” Award Saturday night from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) during their 2013 National Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C. Sarah was honored for her commitment to preserving music in public schools. She met with legislative representatives and staff members from her home states of Tennessee and Iowa on Capitol Hill to encourage them to back legislature that keeps music and arts a priority in public school curriculum.
“I don’t know if I would have had the courage and belief in myself to truly chase after this dream if it weren’t for my pre-school teacher, Sherry Vanderploeg and middle school music teacher Stephanie Rumple,” Sarah said. “They saw my passion for music and honed my talent, giving me the most incredible gift and chance for success in all aspects of my life.
“I believe it is so important for our nation’s leaders to understand the immense benefit music education has in young people’s lives — no matter what career they pursue,” she continued. “Music entertains, inspires and heals. I’m honored the NAfME has given me the chance to be heard.”
“In a time when celebrities and politicians say all the right things but often do not back up their words with actions, Sarah Darling is a wonderful exception,” NAfME President Nancy Ditmer said. “So thank you Sarah. Your assistance will help ensure our next generation will have the same opportunities that you had to develop the diverse array of skills that we know only music education can provide.”
Sarah recently released her latest single, “Little Umbrellas,” and will spend the summer playing shows nationwide.