Violin & Viola Faculty
Sara Rossi is a classically trained violist and violinist, based in New York City and northern New Jersey. She has served as a substitute violist for the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2014. Sara was the first prize winner of the Converse College Young Artist Competition in 2008. She has been coached by renowned musicians, including members of the Brentano, Shanghai, Tokyo, Orion, Guarneri, and Cavani string quartets. She participated in the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2010 and 2011, directed by Jaime Laredo. She has also performed in several music festivals, including the Taos School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival. Sara was assistant principal violist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra during its 2010-2011 season, under the direction of Sarah Ioannides.
Sara has been teaching privately since 2010. She completed her music pedagogy studies with Sarah Johnson at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where she taught through the Lawson Academy of the Arts. She was named an Outstanding Alumna of Converse in 2014.
Sara began her musical studies in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was a preparatory violin student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Ruzicka and Paul Kantor. She holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University, where she received a comprehensive scholarship and fellowship. Sara graduated with distinction from Converse College in 2011, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree as a recipient of the Daniel Scholarship. Her former instructors in viola include Miles Hoffman, John Ravnan, and Ettore Causa, and Choong-jin Chang.