Sara Tornay

In memoriam: Sara Tornay
Long-time Program Director, Sundays at JASA

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Sara Tornay’s  passing.

Sara charmed everyone around her with her intelligence, wit, and kindness. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues, friends, and the faculty and students of Sundays at JASA.

For years, Sara ran her own talent management agency, representing a wide range of classical musicians, and specializing in opera singers. Fifteen years ago, she took over Sundays at JASA. With her management talents and artistic bent, she was the perfect person to lead an educational program that spans history, politics, entertainment, the arts and life itself.

Sara grew the program through her marketing acumen and perseverance in securing a stellar professional faculty. Her impressive roster of teachers attracted classes of devoted students. She tapped authors, educators, entertainers, and public officials and made sure the classes were current and compelling.

Sara spent her free time seeing movies, going to concerts, doing crossword puzzles (and entering crossword tournaments), reading, and visiting with friends.

She was tireless, a true force of nature.

And each Sunday, during the Sundays at JASA semester, you found her greeting the faculty and students, doing the job she loved.

In her memory, JASA has set up the Sara Tornay Fund for Arts and Culture. The fund will support JASA initiatives Sara felt passionate about: cultural, educational, and arts programming. For more information about the fund, please contact or 212-273-5320.