Sarah was born in 1979 into a family of musicians, writers, and psychoanalysts. She spent her young childhood concocting gibberish sounds and songs around the house, dancing, and playing cello. She became enraptured by photography when she was thirteen. Small spent her high school years photographing her close friends and her younger red-headed sister, Rachel, wandering the streets of her hometown, Washington DC, equipped with her Pentax K1000.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, Small moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she currently resides. Small spent the first ten years in NY working as a photographer, with music as a side-lined hobby. In 2011, Small started creating Tableau Vivant performances, based on her acclaimed photography series, The Delirium Constructions. Shortly afterwards, her interest in photography receded, and her explorations in music composition and performance came to the forefront.

Small currently sings and composes vocal scores with her two a cappella trios, Black Sea Hotel and Hydra, as well as for an electronic / vocal project, Jessica Brainstorm. Small is currently writing an opera for choir, strings, and Black Sea Hotel for premiere Spring 2016. Most recently, Black Sea Hotel has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma and has appeared on NPR, PRI, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as well as topping charts on iTunes International.

Small’s photography and performances have appeared in 
VogueLIFERolling Stone, and The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and have been shown in galleries throughout the United States, as well as in China, Taiwan, Korea, Madrid, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Most recently, Small has become unexpectedly enraptured with film acting while collaborating with friend and director, Josephine Decker, in her fantasy/horror psychological thriller, "Butter on the Latch." Sarah is currently pursuing other such thrilling acting opportunities.

At home in her neighborhood in East Williamsburg, Small is immersed in a construction project, building out a more spacious home for herself, for her kitties (Bunny and January), and for hosting her creative collaborators and loved ones.