Sarah Leathers Martin passed away July 19, 2021. A native of Decatur, Georgia, Sarah was born March 18, 1932. She graduated from Decatur Girls High in 1949, received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from Agnes Scott College in 1953, and a Masters of Music in Organ Performance from Emory University. She started playing the organ at the age of 15 and continued her studies in college. She focused her own studies on organ music and ancient Italian organs. Sarah was a retired Assistant Professor of Music and Organ at GSU, has served as a church organist in many Atlanta-area churches, and has played and taught organ and piano.
Sarah is recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to music education / pedagogy and the profession. As an educator, she devoted countless hours to teaching her students and familiarizing herself with the teaching and the music she taught, which she passed on to her students. Many have said that studying with her, being mentored by her, even just knowing her, has positively changed the course, trajectory and career paths of many lifetimes. Discipline, drive and determination guided her teaching, and she instilled these same qualities in her students, family and friends. Her success as an educator is evidenced by the success of her students who have won national and international competitions, been accepted into auspicious music conservatories and universities, and have landed impressive positions including teaching positions. in renowned musical institutions, esteemed church organists, sought-after performers, school music directors, marching band designers, and even in non-musical careers to include broadcast journalism, law, medicine and science. finance.
Sarah has also devoted a great deal of time and effort to the profession. She was an active member of the American Guild of Organists at the local and national levels. She was the dean of the Atlanta chapter of the AGO from 1984 to 1986, she was the general coordinator of the 1992 AGO national convention and served on many local and national committees.
Sarah is survived by her husband, daughter, son-in-law, grandsons, brother, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.asturner.com