Sarah began her violin studies at the North York Suzuki School of Music, in Toronto, at the age of 6. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Violin at the University of Toronto, studying with Katherine Rapoport. Through her pre-university playing, she attained her Royal Conservatory Grade 10 and the requisite Theory and History courses. Sarah believes strongly in the need for extensive and further learning, and she therefore continues her teacher training while participating in her own studies.
Sarah is a trained Suzuki teacher, registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has attended several training workshops over the years within the Suzuki method, and is continually enamored with the method. Her teacher-trainers have included Elayne Ras and Karen-Michelle Kimmett, as well as influences from her teachers, Katherine Rapoport, Amanda Penner and Heidi Behrenbruch.
She currently plays with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, and has played with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra on occasion, as well as the University of Toronto Chamber Orchestra.
She recently appeared at the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto, at the Rock Eucharist, playing the songs of U2 with the Wycliffe Wine Before Breakfast band.
Sarah has also had the pleasure of playing in an international performance held in Antalya, Turkey, with a 2,000+ person audience, as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) General Assembly. She collaborated with Jon Buller, worship pastor at Vernon Alliance, in BC, to perform a track of Jon’s own composition.
She has also worked with local singer/songwriter Derek Christie and the Derek Christie Band to perform a wide rainbow of music, in an equally colourful variety of events.
Sarah helped to co-founded both now disbanded eclectic group Sine Nominae,the Trillium Ensemble, playing repertoire that was eclectic and varied.
She also runs a line of violin bags and handwarmers, called QuarterNoteKnits, using sustainable and recycled fabric for the bags, and natural materials for the handwarmers. Check it out!