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.
As of 2021, Sarah has been focused on working in tandem with Steve in creating new music for Living By The Stream’s next album, which the duo plans to release in 2022. As venues begin to open up again across the country, she is excited about upcoming performances and being able to again share with audiences in person.