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Sarah G.

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Violin Teacher

Influences: Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Sibelius

About Me:
I started the violin in Northfield, Minnesota, and since then have learned and performed music in a variety of settings. I am currently a freelance violinist that plays in chamber groups, orchestras, and theater pit ensembles. I graduated from Vassar College in May 2010 with honors in music, where I studied with Betty-Jean Hagen, a former student of Ivan Galamian. I was concertmaster of the Vassar College Orchestra for 3 years and twice performed solos with the orchestra. I also performed solo recitals, and participated in a number of chamber groups as well as baroque, and contemporary music ensembles. Over the years, I have participated in a number of acclaimed chamber music programs and festivals, the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, Killington Music Festival, Artaria Chamber Music School, Madeline Island Music Center, and Birch Creek Music Center. I also have a rich orchestral background, and in addition to the Vassar College Orchestra was concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and a number of smaller orchestras. I am classically trained, but I also enjoy playing in other genres including bluegrass, folk, rock, and alternative, and am currently involved with a bluegrass band and indie-rock band in New York. These experiences profoundly shaped my approach to the violin and have made me a very versatile musician and teacher. I have been teaching violin lessons with enthusiasm and passion for 3 years and am personally invested in my students' progress.

Ages:
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult

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Experience:

  • I began teaching private violin lessons when I was a student at Vassar College, and have since worked with beginner and intermediate students from ages 5-43. I generally start students on Suzuki books, but my teaching style is very flexible and I will shape lessons according to student need. [2008 - Present]
  • I started violin at a young age, and was classically trained for 15 years. I have played with numerous orchestras and chamber groups, and performed many times as a soloist in recitals and with orchestra. I currently play in the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and work as a freelance violinist. I began playing with various rock and bluegrass bands in high school, and continue to play with an indie-bluegrass band called Great Dog Almighty. [1995 - Present]
  • In 2009-2010 I was the Music History Intern at Vassar College, which meant that I taught a weekly class on the history of Western music to sophomores and juniors. [2009 - 2010]

Education:

  • Graduated, Bachelor of the Arts in Music (BA), Vassar College [2010]

Studied With:

  • Barbara Gorzynska [2009]
  • Betty-Jean Hagen [2006 - 2010]

Seminars and Workshops Attended:

  • IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, IES [2009]
  • Killington Chamber Music Program, Killington Music Festival [2008]
  • Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival [2006]

Awards:

  • Kate Chittenden Scholarship for Summer Music Study - Vassar College [2008]

Scholarships:

  • Eastern Music Festival Half-Tuition Scholarship [2005 - 2006]
  • Kate Chittenden Scholarship for Summer Music Study [2008]

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