Sarah Van Buren is a Hudson Valley-based DJ with an event planning background and vast appreciation for music who will weave a golden thread through your night!
Sarah Van Buren is a DJ, event producer and musician residing in the Hudson Valley. She began DJing 15 years ago in Boston at WECB, Emerson College’s freeform campus radio station. Later, living in NYC, she co-founded art + party collective CHERYL, and DJed large-scale events around the city and abroad. Now in Hudson, NY, Sarah has been the house DJ at Basilica Hudson, hosts PYRAMID POWER!, a freeform monthly music show on 90.7 WGXC, as well as POWER DANCE, a monthly dance party at the Half Moon.
Sarah began DJing weddings and other private events after relocating to Hudson, but often travels down to NYC for gigs. Her music collection is all over the map — too many genres to list! The golden thread that weaves it all together? Her ability to find that perfect track for just the right moment which sets the dance floor aflame. And with 15 years of event production experience, she’s a wedding DJ with who cares about the details and thinks quickly on her feet. Sarah is also an ordained minister and wedding officiant — feel free to ask about it!
“Loved our DJ
We booked Sarah van Buren directly, not through Stylus – and she was a pleasure to work with. She happened to understand my specific requested frame of reference (a good DJ can do this of course, but it was an extra layer of comfort) and we felt very comfortable with her. She knocked it out of the park the day of, there wasn’t a clunker all night-just songs and artists that we love. She also thankfully refused a request to play YMCA or something of the like. We were thrilled with our experience and can’t recommend her highly enough!” –Evelyn Lee
“Sarah was amazing!
Our experience with Stylus was fantastic from the beginning to the end. Jane was really helpful in matching us with a DJ and transparent about pricing. Our DJ was Sarah van Buren and it was such a pleasure working with her! We had one video conference call to meet and go over our reception details about a month before our big day. For our first dance, we knew which song we wanted but couldn’t find a quality version, but Sarah found the perfect cover for us!
Our event was a cocktail style reception only, and on the day of, she was outstanding in every aspect. The two events for which we needed to coordinate with Sarah were our first dance and the speeches by our two friends. She was extremely flexible and gave us the option to move things during the night if we had to, based on when we and my friends were ready to go. I would highly recommend Stylus and Sarah for your events! Thanks again to Jane and Sarah!” –Haruka & Jason
“Wow wow wow, Sarah Van Buren crushed it! She was amazing! She worked with us and the collective music requests of our diverse guest-list: country, 90’s hip-hop, eastern euro-punk, disco, and latin- and created a set list that was fun, surprising, cohesive, and kept everyone dancing across the generations! I literally couldn’t stop dancing, my parents and grandmother too! She even picked out iconic entrance/ exit and cake cutting songs. Its been 3 weeks since my wedding and people are still talking about it. She was very professional during the whole process, asked the right questions, did a site visit- and brought her own equipment, so I really didn’t need to worry or stress about a thing in terms of the music. So happy- will remember forever, thank you thank you!” –Hannah
“My partner and I were searching for a queer friendly wedding DJ in the Hudson Valley area and were so thrilled that we found Sarah Van Buren. From the get-go, Sarah was incredibly kind, flexible, creative, client-centered and was a huge factor in helping to make our night as magical as it was. Sarah provided the music for both our ceremony and reception and went above and beyond to help us put forth our vision and was more available to us with support/help then we could have ever imagined. Sarah really listened to what we wanted and played all the songs we hoped for as well as adding great music that totally matched the mood of the event and both our music tastes. Our families are still raving about the great music and were all out on the dance floor loving it very early on in the reception through the remainder of the night! To speak to Sarah’s intuitive ability to cater to her customer’s taste she even threw in a song that was referenced in my best friend’s toast about our childhood (following my friend’s speech)—such a wonderful touch! It was so nice to have a DJ that is calm, fun, and considerate and even helped my partner and I solve problems the day of! From the beginning both Sarah and Jane were incredibly easy to communicate with via phone and email and always professional and kind. Thank you again for helping to make our big night fun and easy!” —Mallory & Vaughn
“Sarah Van Buren was everything we hoped for and more! She went above and beyond and provided the best mix and energy to accommodate everyone in our crowd and keep it interesting! A++” -Bridget & Alexander
“Sarah was the perfect addition to our wedding day – she is a talented and thoughtful music curator/DJ. Sarah was very communicative and accessible in the months leading up to our wedding. She made sure to ask us what feel we wanted and worked with us as we provided suggestions and interests. She even went to the wedding venue a few weeks prior to the event to see what the set-up entailed. When the day of the event came, we were so impressed. Sarah did more than just play music at our wedding; she helped orchestrate the whole flow of the evening – from bridal party introductions, to announcing toasts. The music she played during dinner was perfect for the mood and energy we wanted. She played awesome dance music afterwards and everyone, I mean everyone, was dancing kids and grandparents alike. Friends kept saying how much they loved the playlist. Some of our most cherished moments of the day were when we heard our favorite songs as the backdrop to our celebration. We can’t recommend Sarah enough. Thank you!” – Gabby DiGiovanni
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What kind of equipment do you use?
Laptop with Traktor DJ program, Traktor Kontrol S2 controller, Denon X-120 DJ mixer, vocal mic, 15″ Mackie Thump speakers.
What does your setup look like?
Everything neatly arranged on a table!
What is your MCing style?
Just enough to direct guests’ attention to whatever is going on at the moment. Not much talking over music, keeping it positive, polite + succinct!
What is your personal mixing style?
Minimal beat matching when needed. More focus on creating the perfect mix based on what the couple getting married envisions for their special day.
How do you handle lulls?
Sometimes a lull is natural; other times, I change up the music. It’s all about reading the crowd to determine what is the best course of action, on a case by case basis.
“Sarah DJ-ed our wedding near Hudson NY in June 2017. We really enjoyed collaborating on a playlist – she was great supplying ideas after we discussed our favorite songs and the atmosphere we wanted to create. Sarah also took a role in helping proceedings proceed – MCing as needed. She was flexible and amenable when approached by merry revelers with requests whilst still keeping our overall mood in mind! A real bonus is that Sarah is a lovely person to have at your wedding/event.” –Kate Wallace, Bride
“SVB is a natural at freakiness with heart. Magical mystery tour of sound and media with a foot out on the dance floor – always! To not party with her, is to miss a great trip of a party!” –Melissa Auf der Maur, Musician and Director/Co-Founder, Basilica Hudson
“When we decided to get married, we knew our wedding (if we had one at all) would have to be really US: no wedding parties, no ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ no white dress—and, especially, no cookie-cutter officiant. I still tear up when I recall the care, commitment, and creativity Sarah brought to our wedding day. From the earliest stages, when we discussed our general hopes for the event, to planning the details like what she would wear and how we would pass the mic, Sarah was attentive to every aspect. She was thoughtful when giving us suggestions, and open to all our ideas. Her experience as a performing artist and event producer, coupled with her innate sensitivity and warm personality, make her a natural. The grace and gravitas Sarah communicated during our ceremony earned her (and us!) many compliments from our guests, and we felt truly blessed when she pronounced us hitched.” -April Greene, Bride, Brooklyn, NY
Would you like to speak with Sarah or any of our other DJs before making a decision?
Contact us for an introduction!