Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of three with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Miss Doan won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a Bachelor's degree, cum laude, and a Masters degree, magna cum laude, in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Joseph Banowetz. There, she was voted by faculty Most Outstanding Graduate Student in 2009. Miss Doan is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Dr. Tamas Ungar at Texas Christian University. Miss Doan is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Music Teachers National Association.
Miss Doan has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, and the North Texas Symphony Orchestra in Denton, Texas. She has presented recitals across Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, D. C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In December 2010, Miss Doan served as guest artist in the 1st International Piano Festival of Bogota, Colombia where she performed, taught master classes, led discussions, and served on the competition jury. In addition to her solo performances, she has toured as solo pianist with the Seraphim Choir across the US and Ireland. In 2009, Miss Doan was winner of the National Young Artist Competition, PianoTexas Festival Piano Competition, and the University of North Texas Concerto Competition. Miss Doan was also a finalist in the 2008 Wideman Piano Competition and received the Raymond S Morris Award. She has played in master classes with Dmitri Alexeev, Giovanni Umberto Battel, Madeleine Forte, Miguel Herth-Bedoya, Zhang Jin, Yoheveda Kaplinsky, Radoslav Kvapil, Miyoko Lotto, Harold Martina, and Solomon Mikowsky.
Miss Doan has served as Collaborative Pianist-in-Residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2005, and Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas in 2008-2009, teaching piano classes to undergraduates. Miss Doan also maintains a private studio in the DFW area. Since she was diagnosed with focal dystonia in her right hand, Miss Doan continues to specialize in music for the left hand, both in performance, and original compositions and transcriptions.