The Coleman family settled in Pasadena, California in 1886, the year of incorporation. Sarah Coleman Bragdon became an accomplished
pianist and music teacher, as well as composing many piano pieces about Pasadena. The Coleman Chamber Music Series is an annual
musical event in Pasadena, founded by her sister, Alice Coleman Bachelder. The Sarah Coleman Bragdon Music Collection contains
3 boxes of manuscript and published sheet music by Sarah Coleman Bragdon, and published music about Pasadena.
The following information is from the book entitled "Coleman, Musicmaker" by Robert Winter, printed in Pasadena, California
in the year 2000.
Sarah Coleman Bradgon was the daughter of Theodore and Jennie Coleman. Mr. Coleman served as secretary to the Senator from
Nebraska. They moved to Pasadena, California in 1886 the year the city was incorporated. Mr. Coleman obtained a position with
the Pasadena Weekly Star and Mrs. Coleman taught history and English literature at Throop Polytechnic Institute.
Sarah and her sister, Alice, grew up to become accomplished pianists and music teachers. Sarah being especially interested
in composition, and Alice excelling as a technician. As her nephew Alan Batchelder remembered her, Sarah was easy-going and
full of fun. (Alice was more serious about the pursuit of music. She took organ lessons from the Presbyterian Church organist,
and when he returned to London, England, she inherited his job. At the same time she was assistant to the organist at the
Episcopal Church of the Angels, and she succeeded him when he died. She was also taking piano lessons from local teachers,
and at 18 decided to go to Boston for further training.)
Mary Olive O’Daniels, a Pasadena resident, had taken lessons from Sarah, then Alice. She remembered Alice as “a more thorough
taskmaster than Sarah”. Another advanced student recalled Alice would allow him to play the solo part of a piano concerto
while she accompanied him with a piano arrangement, often by Sarah, or the orchestral score.
Sarah Coleman Bragdon died January 11, 1960, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena. John R. Bragdon (1875-1940),
her husband, is buried in the same plot.