About Living By The Stream
Living By The Stream is a professional string-based group, melding the sounds of violin, vocals, and guitar. The members highlight the performance of original compositions, but also play a wide variety of arrangements.
Living By The Stream has been performing for several years at a variety of venues, including summer concert series, private events, churches, weddings, competitions, festivals, cafes, libraries, and more.
The ensemble enjoys incorporating and fusing a wide variety of styles in their performances, such as jazz, classical, bluegrass, Irish, as well as other genres. They seek to bridge the gap between these unique genres, bringing listeners an enjoyable contrast of styles as well as an engaging and unique performance.
Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.M. in violin performance from Grand Valley State University. At GVSU, Sarah studied classical music under the leadership of Gregory Maytan (graduate of the Jacobs School of Music) and Megan Crawford.
Prior to that she received training under Erica Michaud and Carla Trynchuk (graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and former student of Dorothy Delay), head of the strings department at Andrews University. Sarah studied jazz performance under professors Michael Drost (graduate of Western Michigan University), Kurt Ellenberger, and Tim Froncek at GVSU.
She has served in various orchestras, including the Andrews University Orchestra, Grand Valley State University Orchestra, and the Battle Creek Symphony. Sarah served as principal first, principal second, and co-concertmaster in the GVSU orchestra. She has been involved in several violin master classes, performing for Stephen Shipps, Elizabeth Holowell, Walter Verdher, Philip Greenberg, Felix Olschofka, Jonathan Sturm, and Kia-Hui Tan. Sarah also performed in an orchestra master class with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt.
She has attended a variety of violin camps and conferences, including the Starling-Delay Symposium, Mark O'Conner Fiddle Camp, and Leahy Music Camp. She has also attended several violin master classes, featuring Jennifer Koh, Roland and Almita Vamos, Ayako Yonetani, Ming Feng Hsin, Rudolf Haken, Renee Skerik, and Jeffrey Lastrapes. She has also attended several violin master classes, featuring Jennifer Koh, Roland and Almita Vamos, Ayako Yonetani, Ming Feng Hsin, Rudolf Haken, Renee Skerik, and Jeffrey Lastrapes.
Steve’s early years were spent growing up listening to music within the home. His father was a skilled big band clarinetist, performing in bands alongside the likes of Patty Page and Anita Bryant. It wasn’t long before Steve also discovered a love for music.
His early music training was on piano and cornet, playing in symphonic bands and other school related ensembles. In his early teens, however, he began picking up the guitar. After attending a variety of concerts, Steve was inspired by the musical abilities he had witnessed and began to deeply focus his attentions on the guitar. He drew motivation from listening to the music of the Yardbirds, Jimmy Page, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, Eric Clapton, Doyle Dykes, B.B. King, Phil Keaggy, Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, the Outlaws, and many others. Steve began taking guitar lessons, receiving instruction through the Mel Bay guitar training series and in classical music.