Sarah L Dietrich was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and lived there until 2001. In 2001, Dietrich earned her performance degree from the Western Michigan University School of Music under the private instruction of Professor Judy Moonert and Timpanist Mark Guthrie. As an active performer, Dietrich has performed with many professional ensembles including the Kalamazoo, Columbus, Macon, Savannah Symphony Orchestras. In 2001, Mrs. Dietrich was the recipient of the Gilmore Foundations Emerging Artist Grant. This grant provided the opportunity to study with timpanist Mark Yancich of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.. From 2001-2003 she studied extensively with Mr. Yancich and often substituted on timpani for both the Chattanooga and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
As an educator, Mrs. Dietrich received her teaching certificate from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and Georgia Music Educators Association.
Dietrich worked 14 years as Associate Director of Percussion Studies at Carlton J. Kell High School with Directors David McGrath, David Roth and Rick Dietrich . During her time at Kell, her students have performed on many stages including the 2006/12 National Percussion Festival, 2007 National Concert Band Festival, 2009 GMEA Convention, 2010 Midwest International Convention, the 2010 NEA Gala in Washington DC.
From 2008-2010 she was the Charter Director of Percussion Studies at Allatoona High School, the newest high school of Cobb County, Georgia
She is currently Associate Director of Percussion Studies at Kennesaw Mountain High School where she co-directs a program of over 45 percussionists.
Mrs. Dietrich is an active clinician and adjudicator. She is currently giving clinics and presentations all over the country including the Music for All Summer Symposium Directors Academy and the Spirit Camp at Jacksonville State University
As a businesswoman, Mrs. Dietrich, along with her husband Rick, founded and established the company Sound Art Percussion. This company, with the help of ESN Education Supply Network, works to build resources and communication tools that provides pedagogical and logistical information to band directors, percussion instructors and percussionists from grades of all levels.
She currently lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Rick, son Evan and yellow labrador Lacey.