Sally Takada

  • Associate Dean, Artistic Programming and External Relations


BA, economics and music, Barnard College
MM, cello performance, New England Conservatory


An accomplished cellist, Sally Takada has cultivated an extensive career in arts administration and fundraising in the higher education and arts sectors. She was a member of the advancement team for Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music from 2017 to 2022, most recently having served as Conservatory Giving Director. Sally also serves as executive director and co-founder of the Harpa International Music Academy USA along with her husband, violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson.

Prior to her time at Oberlin, Sally held lead development posts at Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, University of Illinois School of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the WonderLab Museum of Science. She frequently serves as a presenter and facilitator of fundraising training sessions for non-profit organizations, conferences, and workshops. 

Sally received her Master of Music in cello performance from New England Conservatory and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Music from Barnard College where she participated in the cross-registration program with Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Peter Stumpf, David Geber and Irene Sharp.