Bio

Highlights:

-Sarah's solo sets are crafted to engage all ages, she especially enjoys playing at family friendly venues and Memory Cafes. See the Shows tab for her gigs or follow her Facebook page for more detailed updates: facebook.com/sarahgorakmusic

- Actively performing with Starlight Park and Aprina's Revolutionary Love

- Artist in Residence at the New Port Art Gallery, Saturdays 2-4pm 

- Helping kickstart the Street Stage Project and continuing to support Art on the Streets

- Former Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery

- Former performer of the 5PA Music Festival

Sarah initially chose the violin as her instrument of choice in 4th grade orchestra because she didn’t realize cellos could come in smaller sizes. She fell in love with orchestral playing and pursued her Bachelor’s in Music Education studying under Heather Netz and Carrie Rehkopf and graduating with honors and her teaching certificate with specializations in K-12 instrumental, choral and general music in 2013. Much of her teaching philosophy and techniques root in her student teaching experience with cellist Kara Hunnicutt. She now teaches a private studio of over 30 students on violin, viola, cello, piano, and ukulele. Post-grad she wanted to hone her skills on her secondary instruments and pursue styles of playing beyond classical music. She has attended camps centered around improvisation and fiddle styles such as Creative Strings Workshop, Strings Without Boundaries, Rustic Roots, and Fiddle Hell. She is actively continuing her study in jazz/improvisation on the violin with Rob Flax and also is actively studying cello and audio production with jazz cellist/bassist Greg Byers since 2016. Her biggest nonclassical string playing influences are Andrew Bird, Sara Watkins, Yellowcard, The Lumineers, and the Vitamin String Quartet. Some of her other musical influences include Muse, Mumford and Sons and Ben Gibbard. She actively plays with local Cincinnati indie rock band Drop the Sun. Born in Hawaii, raised in Seattle, and now currently residing in the Norwood area with her violist husband and cat.