Sarah Jaysmith

Programmer and musician, Vancouver, BC

For most of my life, I have been a musician (see my music page for more on this). But I am now ready for a change, and I am learning how to be a programmer. I have experience working as a database administrator, an intranet developer, and a web developer, so I am very familiar with HTML, CSS, javascript, and jQuery. I am also comfortable with SQL. I am currently learning Python and Java at BCIT.


Music Director / Singing Teacher / Pianist / Composer


  • Delivered award-winning music direction for shows ranging from 4 to 40 people
  • Highly respected audition pianist for companies including Disney and TUTS
  • Coached professional and amateur singers
  • Published and commissioned composer of choral music

Data Encoder (remote worker)

Hofmeister XIX Project, Royal Holloway University of London

  • Contributed to metadata standards of the project
  • Edited XML files to bring them in line with database standards

Intranet Technical Developer / Information Officer

Environment Agency, Bristol, UK

  • Created and maintained intranet CMS for 10,000 staff (ASP, SQL Server, IIS, Javascript)
  • Technical lead for team of six people

Graduate Trainee Library Assistant

Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland

  • Provided technical support to students and staff (MS Office)
  • Catalogued and ordered material, staffed the issue desk, and dealt with client queries



Programming Fundamentals Part 2 with Java
In progress - result: TBD
Winter 2021


Programming Fundamentals with Python

Result: 100%


Fall 2020 and

HTML5, Javascript, jQuery, T-SQL, CSS, Python

Self-directed training


Summer 2020

University College, Dublin, Ireland

Master of Library and Information Studies

Thesis: "The implications of XML for electronic journals."



Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Bachelor of Music Education

Honours degree, major option: composition



Programming Languages & Tools
  • Python
  • Java
  • SQL
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Javascript / jQuery


Music remains a very important part of my life. I am the resident Music Director and arranger for The Broadway Chorus, a community theatre group in Vancouver. I also accept commissions for other groups.

I like to do jigsaw puzzles - I find that is it quite similar to programming! My family also keeps me very active - we love swimming and board games.