About Sarah Cole

Sarah has been teaching private violin lessons for 10 years teaching through the University of Louisville, Louisville Academy of Music, Buffalo String Works and her private home studio in Buffalo, NY.

 

Seeking to maintain a positive attitude toward music making, Sarah incorporates ear training, proper technique and creative musical exercises from the first lesson to build a student's independence. Her students are encouraged and given the tools to become independent thinkers and problem solvers as well as creative and confidant musicians. 

 

 

 

Sarah has three advanced degrees in violin, including a Violin Performance degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory (B.M), Performance and String Pedagogy from the University of Louisville (M.M) and a Performance Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales (M.A). 

 

Sarah is a 2021 teaching artist with Buffalo String Works, a non profit organisation focused on educating young diverse musicians in Buffalo. 

Sarah taught undergraduate violin lessons and coached chamber music groups at the University of Louisville, as well as multiple workshops, string sectionals, quartet coaching and group lessons in the Louisville public school system.

Sarah held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Louisville playing in the Graduate String Quartet and teaching. The Graduate Quartet won first prize in the McCauley Collegate Chamber Music Competition and performed their Spring recital on Louisville Public Radio. 

The second year of her degree, Sarah earned a second Early Music Teaching Assistantship. As the Early Music T.A, she taught secondary viol da gamba lessons weekly and coached viol consorts. 

While living in Kentucky, Sarah performed regularly with Orchestra of Kentucky and Paducah Symphony in addition to other regional orchestras and chamber groups. 

Education

Early Music 

Sarah’s interest in early music was first sparked by performing in Baldwin Wallace University’s Bach Festival each year during her undergraduate career. She studied bass viol da gamba with Lucy Robinson and a member of an active consort, performing for Richard Boothby of Fretwork masterclass. 

 

Recently, Sarah attended Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute on full-merit scholarship to further her gamba studies with Catharine Meints.  

In addition to viol da gamba, Sarah studied baroque violin from esteemed UK violinist Rachel Podger.

 

Sarah continues playing baroque violin today and is often accompanied by her husband, a harpsichordist.  

In Sarah's free time, she enjoys gardening, antiquing and DIY home projects with her husband Alec and her senior dog Hugo.

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Sarah has performed in public masterclasses for notable violinists such as Simon Fischer, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Daniel Phillips, Rachel Podger and Simon Rowland Jones. Her primary teachers were David Updegraff, André Swanepoel and Patrick Raferty having also studied with Rachel Podger, Hal Grossman and Jullian Ross.

During her conservatoire training, Sarah was concertmaster of the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, and violinist in the Graduate String Quartet as a Teaching Assistant. While studying in Wales, Sarah was Principal second violin in the Royal Welsh String Soloists, the concertmaster of the Royal Welsh College Opera Orchestra under David Jones and Co-Leader of the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra under Carlo Rizzi.

In Britain, Sarah was a finalist and competed in the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music competition at RAM in 2015 with her piano trio. This piano trio later won the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Beethoven prize in 2015. 

During her last year studying in Wales, Sarah and colleagues programmed Messien’s Quartet for the End of Time as a major project. The ensemble titled "The Messy Anne Players" was coached regularly by the Gould Piano Trio and appeared in masterclasses for Paul Watkins, Claefax Ensemble, Meyrick Alexander, Michael Young and Natalie Clein. The quartet toured Wales and England in 2016 performing in Chepstow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Lincoln. The quartet partnered with the UK charity Hope for Heros Foundation and performed in the Lincoln Cathedral donating all proceeds. 

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