About Sarah:

Sarah has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for the past 14 years. In Buffalo she teaches with Buffalo String works and her private studio out of her home.

 

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 taught undergraduate violin lessons and coached chamber groups at the University of Louisville, as well as multiple workshops, string sectionals, quartet coaching in the Louisville Public School system.

Sarah held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Louisville playing in the Graduate String Quartet. 

The second year of her degree, Sarah earned a second  Teaching Assistantship in Early Music where she taught secondary viol da gamba and coached viol consorts. 

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.

 

During her graduate degree at RWCMD, she studied bass viol da gamba privately with Lucy Robinson and baroque violin from esteemed UK violinist Rachel Podger.

 

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

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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, principal in the Royal Welsh String Soloists, the concertmaster of the Royal Welsh College Opera Orchestra.

During her last year studying in Wales, Sarah and colleagues programmed Messien’s Quartet for the End of Time as a major project performing across Wales and England in 2016.

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In Sarah's free time, she enjoys hiking around WNY, gardening, antiquing and tackling DIY home projects with her husband Alec.