Artistic Director, Violin/Viola Instructor
Violinist Sarah Off has established herself as an innovative and passionate performer and educator. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in Iceland’s Harpa International Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado and in such venues as Lincoln Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, Boettcher Hall and a tour of Latvia. Sarah has performed as soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “Up Close and Musical”, the Boulder Symphony, and Conservatory Music in the Mountains Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Sarah is a founding member of Phoenix based Tandem Duo with percussionist Marilyn Clark Silva and is a performing artist with the Fountain Hills Chamber Players in Arizona. She has had the privilege of working and performing with the Brentano, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets.
Sarah is an advocate for new music and regularly collaborates with living composers along with collaborations with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble and the American Composer Alliance. In 2017 Tandem Duo was commissioned to compose and perform the original score to a Neil LaBute play produced by Tempe Center for the Arts Theater Company.
Having grown up in the rural Colorado town of Del Norte Sarah has a strong passion for finding opportunities for rural areas to experience the musical arts. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory in Colorado and regularly performs in concert throughout rural areas of the Southwest. In 2016 she presented on “Musical Arts in Rural Communities” at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference, and in 2017 published her work “Arts in Rural Areas- Building Musical Communities in Rural Areas”.
Sarah is an avid music educator and is currently the violin instructor and orchestra director at South Mountain Community College in Arizona. She is also a strings instructor at Prestige Music Academy in Phoenix, AZ along with maintaining her own private studio. She performed and taught as a guest artist at Sam Houston State University, Sacramento State University and Southern Oregon University, among others. In the summers of 2012 and 2013 she served as violin instructor and chamber music coach at Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO.
Sarah received her Doctorate and Masters in Violin Performance at Arizona State University under Danwen Jiang, and her Bachelor of Violin Performance from University of Colorado under Lina Bahn and Judith Ingolfsson. Formerly, she studied with Arkady Fomin, Dallas Symphony Violinist, and Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas.