Violinist Sarah Off grew up in the rural town of Del Norte, CO and is now establishing herself as a performer and teacher throughout the United States. Sarah is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University under Danwen Jiang. She received her Master of Music Performance from Arizona State University under Danwen Jiang and her Bachelor of Music Performance from University of Colorado under Lina Bahn and Judith Ingolfsson. Sarah played as soloist with the Conservatory Music in the Mountains Chamber Orchestra and with “Up Close and Musical” an offshoot of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She regularly performs solo and chamber music recitals and is an active orchestral musician as well. She has appeared in such venues as Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, Boettcher Concert Hall and Mesa Arts Center along with a tour of Latvia.
Sarah served as concert master of the ASU Symphony, the ASU Lyric Opera Theater Orchestra and the Sustainable Symphony along with principle positions in the CU Symphony, the Manchester Music Festival Orchestra and the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra. She performed as a Young Artist at the Manchester Music Festival in 2010 and has participated in chamber coachings and solo masterclasses with the Brentano, Orion, Takacs, Kronos and Juilliard String Quartets and with Andres Cardenes, Phillipe Quint, Vadim Gluzman and others.
Sarah was the Grand Prize Winner in New Mexico for the “Showcase Concert Series Competition” and has been aired on San Luis Valley Radio. She is an advocate for new music and regularly collaborates with composers including a recent performance of works by American composer Kevin Ames in Chicago, IL. She is a founding member of the Tandem Duo with percussionist Marilyn Clark Silva. Sarah has a strong passion for finding opportunities for rural areas to experience the musical arts and over the past several years she has begun to build a touring concert series that gives concerts in rural towns throughout the Western United States. She plans to continue to develop and expand these efforts in the future. Sarah is an avid music teacher of all string instruments, currently maintaining students of various skill levels in violin, viola and cello. She has also been a guest string instructor in various schools in Arizona and Colorado. In the summer of 2012 she was a member of the Faculty at Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO and has been invited back for the summer of 2013.
Sarah has a special ability to relate to students of all ages, even the very young.