Sarah Shasberger, Violin & Viola

Violist and violinist Sarah Shasberger began studies on violin at the age of five with Li Yuan Ho at the Indianapolis Academy of Music. Sarah continued her violin studies with Arlette Aslanian-Townsend and the Denver Talent Education program in Denver, Colorado and later with Mary Beth Woodruff in Santa Barbara, California. Growing up she played in the Colorado Youth Symphony and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony as well as several chamber groups in junior high and high school. As a sophomore in high school Sarah began viola lessons while Sarah Shasbergercontinuing her studies on violin.

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She double majored in violin and viola performance and studied with Dr. Philip Ficsor on violin and Valerie Malvinni, Dr. Richard Rintoul and Helen Callus on viola. During her time at Westmont she also completed Suzuki short-term training for violin Books 1-5 and viola Book 4 with teacher trainers including Liz Arbus, Julia Hardie, Ed Kreitman, Cathryn Lee, and Kathleen Spring. Throughout college Sarah maintained a private studio of both violin and viola students. In addition to teaching, Sarah has a love of chamber music and was one of the founding members of the Siloam String Quartet at Westmont College. She also served as the principal violist with the Westmont Orchestra.

Sarah received her Masters of Music degree in viola performance and Suzuki violin pedagogy from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music graduating as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. At Hartt she studied viola with Rita Porfiris and completed long-term training for violin Books 1-8 with Suzuki pedagogue Teri Einfeldt. As a performer, Sarah served as principal violist for The Hartt Symphony and was an active participant in chamber music at Hartt as well as performing throughout the Hartford area. While pursuing her graduate degree, Sarah founded the Suzuki violin and viola program at the Montessori School of Greater Hartford, was the conductor for the Newington High School Chamber Orchestra, and served frequently as a substitute violin and viola teacher for The Hartt Community Division.

Sarah is currently on the faculty of the Greenwich Suzuki Academy teaching all levels of viola and violin. She was a full tuition viola fellow at the 2014 Texas Music Festival, has appeared as a concerto soloist performing works on violin and viola in the U.S, Europe and Asia. She was also a finalist for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2014. Sarah has presented at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association and in past summers has taught at the Santa Barbara Summer Suzuki Institute as well as Cazadero Summer Music Camp.