sarah whitney

violinist & educator

 Walla Walla Suzuki Institute: final performance for Sarah's improv class

Walla Walla Suzuki Institute: final performance for Sarah's improv class

Sarah is a passionate educator and has given masterclasses and career workshops across the country as well as private consulting and coaching. She has been recognized for her gift to guide students and clients to solutions which provides them with valuable tools to further solve problems on their very own. Sarah uses her experience to help other musicians achieve their goals and navigate the music business successfully and effectively. 

Sarah has given guest masterclasses and career workshops at:

  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • University of Arizona
  • DePauw University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Grinnell College
  • Ohio University
  • Wittenberg University
  • University of North Florida
  • Walnut Hill School
  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute
  • Eastern Washington University

She is a Music Consultant for Lincoln Center Stage and has served on faculty at Music in Chappaqua, The Music School of New York City, the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute. She is the former co-director of the Sato Center Outreach Group at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies in Cleveland.

Her reputation and devotion to sound practice techniques led STRINGS magazine to feature Sarah in an article, ‘The Art of Mindful Practice’, and she has served on panels for the New York State Presenters Network Panel and Young Performers Career Advancement Program where she has advised on music entrepreneurship, progressive programming and innovation for the 21st century music world.


Sarah is passionate about finding new ways to reach out to audiences.  Three years ago she founded Beyond the Notes, an interactive concert series that encourages audience interactions.  Beyond the Notes allows the audience a deeper and more personal view of the performers and their life’s journey, as well the opportunity for the performers to reach out to audience members in a more personal way. Beyond the Notes is now entering its fourth season of successful, sold out concerts.

As a member of the highly successful string quintet SYBARITE5, hailed for its innovative and creative programming, Sarah has been recognized internationally as a pioneer in helping to build a foundation for the future of chamber music in the 21st century, a future that Sarah very much intends to be a part of.