Sabrina Petroski is a fourth-year digital media production major who loves music, performance and playing guitar. She received her first guitar at 8 years old, and joined her school choir the same year, but she didn’t start teaching herself to play guitar until she was 15. She bought books that showed her how to play chords and how to strum correctly, and her passion began to develop. She started choosing songs she liked and learned how to play them. Her passion for music stemmed quickly through this self-teaching, and she used her expansive music taste to learn and practice.
Her musical influences range from The Beatles and Ella Fitzgerald, to Halsey and Panic! At the Disco. With this wide range of interests and inspirations, she started to play at restaurants and bars. In order to captivate an audience, she’s made her repertoire eclectic enough to work for any group of people lucky enough to attend a gig. Within her book of music, you can find classic rock songs by Hootie and the Blowfish and Dolly Parton, but also alternative and pop songs by Adele, The Lumineers and Sara Bareilles.
While her collection of music expands over various genres and styles, her favorite song to play is “Toxic” by Britney Spears. In the future, she plans on booking more gigs around New Paltz and Long Island, and hopefully expand to New York City.
You can check her out at Cafeteria in New Paltz on Feb. 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can also find videos and upcoming gig schedules on her Facebook page, Sabrina Lynn Music.