Sarian Sankoh

Sarian Sankoh
Program Assistant, Thriving Cultures

Sarian Sankoh is a composer, musician, and educator. She graduated from New York University (NYU) in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory & Composition and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Passionate about social justice and education, Sarian devotes much of her time to teaching and learning from others. Since 2014, Sarian has taught music for numerous NYC school programs. This work led her to intern at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation in 2017 where she supported the creation of music programs in under-funded public schools. In 2018, Sarian joined the NYU LGBTQ+ Center as their Graduate Program Coordinator. There she committed herself to amplifying QTPOC voices, executing student-facing events, and providing critical resources for LGBTQ+ students and faculty.

When it comes to her art, Sarian uses musical storytelling as a means to interpret her experiences of the world as a black woman. Sarian is an avid songwriter and has performed her music at various venues in NYC. In 2017, Sarian began playing steel pan and has since arranged for steel band and performed at NYU and in the 2019 Brooklyn Panorama. Sarian is excitedly looking forward to joining Skiffle Steel Orchestra for the 2020 Panorama in Trinidad & Tobago.

Among other things, Sarian enjoys cooking, reading on rainy days, and spending time with her loved ones.