Sarah Peters, creator of World Citizen Baby, grew up in a home where music was always central to family gatherings and was treated as something as natural as breathing. She received her BA in Theatre Acting/Directing from Mesa State College in Colorado, where she also studied music and dance, and she spent several years in Chicago working as a theatre actor. In January 2003, she completed the Music Together teacher training and began teaching early childhood music around town, including at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where she learned to play guitar and first discovered capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art. In July 2004, she studied classical acting techniques with the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, UK. She is a founding member of Song Weavers, an a capella song/chant group that has performed in Sebastapol, CA, New York City, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sarah has been teaching Music Together in LA since she moved here in July 2005 and began developing World Citizen Baby in January 2007.
Sarah's passion for global community, world music and multilingual families led to the creation of World Citizen Music. She plays guitar, banjo, djembe (African drum), flute, bodhran (a Celtic drum) and berimbau (Afro-Brazilian instrument) in class. Sarah's cd, Rest My Love, a collection of lullabies from around the world, is available at CDBaby.com or on iTunes.
Having worked as a commercial and TV producer for nearly 20 years, Ellen turned her sights on music for children in 2006. Inspired by the day-to-day life with her then 3-year-old son, AND pregnant with twins, Ellen and her husband formed the kindie-rock band Ellen and Matt, and recorded and released their first CD, “Best Friends”. They received critical acclaim, and developed their beloved fan base, playing frequent shows on both coasts. As her children got older, her priorities shifted, and Ellen felt compelled to do the thing she loved the most as her career. In 2009 Ellen became a licensed Music Together teacher and started teaching full time. Since then, she has developed her own developmental music curriculum, and has created programs for music schools, preschools, and outreach programs for low-income communities. Her band keeps on rocking, having released their second CD, “It’s Love”, earlier this year. Now, Ellen is thrilled to be bringing her enthusiasm and rockin’ point of view to the World Citizen Baby community!
Angie Engelbart is a transplant to southern California from the midwest. A native of Iowa farm country, she most recently lived in Kansas City, where she was the soprano apprentice with the Kansas City Lyric Opera. She appeared as Papagena in that company's production of Die Zauberflöte in the spring of 2008 and has a broad resume of opera and musical theater roles to her credit, including recent stints at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Besides stagework, Angie has several years of experience teaching private voice and piano lessons, and maintained a studio of undergraduate voice students at the University of Kansas. She also particularly enjoys working with young children and has worked (and played!) extensively with them at music schools in the Kansas City area. Angie received her B.A. in music from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, and her masters of music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. When she's not tackling musical endeavors, Angie can be found hiking, cooking, or flying home to Minneapolis to nurse her inner farmgirl and play in the snow with her family.