Sarah Lee Viola & Violin Faculty
Sarah Lee is an avid performer and a native of the Bay Area. Sarah is a member with the Monterey Symphony and Santa Cruz Symphony. She also performs with Stockton Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, as well as performs with other Bay Area ensembles such as Opera Parallele and the Lucky Devils Band. She led as Principal Viola at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, National Music Festival, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley. Other festivals she participated in include National Repertory Orchestra, Kent Blossom Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She has a Master’s of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), where she studied with Jodi Levitz. Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Indiana University under the tutelage of Stephen Wyrczynski where she received high awards: the Premier Young Artist, A.W. Mason Music Scholarship, Recipient Friends of Music IUF Scholarship, Premier Young Artist Award, Faculty Award, and Recipient of SFCM Phyllis Wattis Scholarship.
She is equally dedicated to teaching as she is performing. Understanding that teaching is an entirely different skill from performing, she attained pedagogy courses from Emmy Award teacher Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner at Indiana University. Furthering her pedagogical education, she was Suzuki certified in Unit 1 and 2 under the esteemed Cathryn Lee. With a combination of Suzuki methods and Paul Roland methods, she caters her teaching to every student uniquely as everyone has different learning styles. With the Paul Roland approach, she creates a non-judgmental environment allowing the students to feel free and allow their artistic individualism to shine. Within this environment, she creates structure with important technical foundation from the beginning that includes scales, music theory, and ear training to best enhance their ability to play with artistic freedom. Her students have passed Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) exams as well as performed with youth orchestras at Oakland Youth Symphony.