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Photo Credit: Tim Yao
Photo Credit: Tim Yao

Violinist/Violist and Composer Sarah Wallin Huff has been playing the violin since 1990. She has also performed on Baroque violin and viola with the ensemble “Collegium Musicum,” and has been a regular performer on six-string electric violin since 2003. She toured from 1999 to 2002 as a musician across the continental U.S. and eleven European countries, as well as holding the position of Assistant Director during her final tour. She has performed as a regular member of the Orange County Symphony, performed as Concertmaster of the Southern California Philharmonic as well as the Santa Clarita Philharmonic, and she performs with other numerous orchestras and diverse ensembles. She regularly performs as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as participating on electric and acoustic violin and viola on various recording projects.

Two past performance highlights include: 1) Creating a solo violin arrangement of Hermann’s Shower Scene Music from “Psycho” and performing it on camera as the featured violinist for the 2013 art film “Psycho Nacirema,” created by and starring James Franco, on the set of the Bates Motel, Universal Studios, Hollywood; and 2) Composing original string trio parts to accompany two songs by DJ Deorro for his performances at Coachella in April 2015, personally recording all three parts in studio for use in the performance, hiring the stage musician-performers needed for the two Coachella events, and choreographing the stage performers’ work for the shows.

Having received her MA in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, from 2012-2016 Wallin Huff was the Professor of Composition and Advanced Theory (as well as conducting the Chamber Ensemble for three years) at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita. Sarah’s compositions have been performed throughout the States and abroad, including the Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium in Devon, England.

Her work is featured on Navona Records’ “SOUL OF THE MACHINE,” a full album of her original music that explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity. The recording of her violin trio, “Counterpoint Invariable,” found on this album, appeared on the First Round Ballot for the 2015 Grammys for the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance. In addition to her previous collaborations for film and theater, Sarah composed and recorded a fifty-minute-long album of “Musical Response” works, in collaboration with author Jorge Armenteros for the release of his novel, THE BOOK OF I, in November 2014.

Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, to orchestral concert pieces. While her sonic output crosses a variety of moods and styles, a common thread linking them all is what she calls “stream-of-consciousness composition,” in which every piece is built upon an enigmatic, underlying framework, from which the work fluidly evolves.

Contact Sarah Wallin Huff via email.

Experience

  • Violin/Theory/Composition Instruction (students aged from 2-62) –  since 1998
  • Performing – since 1990
  • Composing – since 1993
  • Writing – since 1994

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Latest Releases

Newest Sheet Music and Recordings
New Sheet Music for String Orchestra & New Merch!
New Sheet Music for String Orchestra & New Merch!
Composed for Ryan M. Luévano and the Neue World Orchestra Project, the 2002 string quartet "Greek Dance" has found new life as a driving work for...
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“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano
“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano
For your convenience and artistic variety, the original Celtic tune "Gleann Na Aes Sídhe (Glen of the Faeries)" is now available for solo fiddle and...
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The Leviathan Concerto is Now Available!!
The Leviathan Concerto is Now Available!!
It's officially here! Now you can download/stream and enjoy the definitive recording of "Leviathan of the Ancient Deep"!!   Taking its cue from the Hebrew...
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Get Yourself Some Swag
Get Yourself Some Swag
The official Leviathan Release merch is now available for purchase!! ♬♪♫ ヾ(*・。・)ノ ♬♪♫ Save 15% off all merch (as well as well getting all my...
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Three New Releases: Recordings, Music, and Books
Three New Releases: Recordings, Music, and Books
It's always so exciting to see projects get finished, ready to share with you! So, check out these three newest releases, available now for your...
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Fever Pitch, for Unaccompanied Viola
Fever Pitch, for Unaccompanied Viola
I cannot tell you how many violists have come up to me over the years, asking me for a feature solo for viola. Well, the...
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Recent Posts

The Music Nerds! #6 – Setting Weird Lyrics
The Music Nerds! #6 – Setting Weird Lyrics
Enjoy this latest educational video, describing my thought processes on how I approach setting asymmetrical text to music as I work on finishing my Bros....
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#NewTuneThursday: Aradia, La Bella Pellegrina
#NewTuneThursday: Aradia, La Bella Pellegrina
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today's tune was composed in 2017 for my friend, violinist Payman Eliahoo, and his son, who (at the time) was a beginning...
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Watch the Live Debut of “Fever Pitch”
Watch the Live Debut of “Fever Pitch”
Last night violist Charlotte Van Houten debuted the unaccompanied solo I wrote for her -- and it was just amaaaaaaazing!!! Enjoy this video I grabbed...
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#NewTuneThursday: Solitude’s Hypocrisy
#NewTuneThursday: Solitude’s Hypocrisy
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today's tune is our first foray into the works created for "Music for The Book of I"... Presenting "Solitude's Hypocrisy"! Back in...
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New Sheet Music for String Orchestra & New Merch!
New Sheet Music for String Orchestra & New Merch!
Composed for Ryan M. Luévano and the Neue World Orchestra Project, the 2002 string quartet "Greek Dance" has found new life as a driving work for...
Read More
#NewTuneThursday: Of Roses and Lilies
#NewTuneThursday: Of Roses and Lilies
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Our first new composition of the new year is a 2013 work for solo soprano, women's choir, piano, and string orchestra, with...
Read More
“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano
“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano
For your convenience and artistic variety, the original Celtic tune "Gleann Na Aes Sídhe (Glen of the Faeries)" is now available for solo fiddle and...
Read More
Free Vintage Style Concert for Violin and Piano Next Week!
Free Vintage Style Concert for Violin and Piano Next Week!
Check out the awesome little concert I'll be doing with pianist, Lydia Wu, Friday night, Jan 5, 2018! We're so looking forward to playing this...
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I am equipped and experienced in providing numerous services to meet your unique needs.

For all my Performance, Recording, and Composing Offerings, please visit Novel Soundtrax…

Teaching:

  • Private lessons, lectures, rehearsal clinics/sectionals, group and master classes, etc. Ages as young as 2 years old to 92. All levels of experience, from brand-new beginner to advanced. I can teach via any of these scenarios in the following educational subjects:
    • Violin technique: repertoire, performance, historically informed interpretation and practice, etc. If the student is well-established in basic technique, I am also happy to teach genre-specific technique (e.g., country, Celtic, jazz, rock, improvisation, early music practice, etc…)
    • Music Theory: common practice era, modal and tonal counterpoint, 20th century analysis (including Pitch Class Set Theory), arranging, orchestration/instrumentation, music history, etc.
    • Composition: studying and honing the art of writing music and finding “your voice.” From introductory levels to advanced.

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The Music Nerds! #6 – Setting Weird Lyrics

Enjoy this latest educational video, describing my thought processes on how I approach setting asymmetrical text to music as I work on finishing my Bros. Grimm Song Cycle! Don’t forget you can check out the other videos in this series here!

#NewTuneThursday: Aradia, La Bella Pellegrina

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune was composed in 2017 for my friend, violinist Payman Eliahoo, and his son, who (at the time) was a beginning clarinet student. As I was putting it together I built the entire work off of the opening feel of the piano part and simply let …

Watch the Live Debut of “Fever Pitch”

Last night violist Charlotte Van Houten debuted the unaccompanied solo I wrote for her — and it was just amaaaaaaazing!!! Enjoy this video I grabbed from the performance…and look forward to an official studio recording of it, with Charlotte again on the solo, coming soon!

#NewTuneThursday: Solitude’s Hypocrisy

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune is our first foray into the works created for “Music for The Book of I“… Presenting “Solitude’s Hypocrisy”! Back in 2014, I was approached by author Jorge Armenteros to create a 50-minute album of “musical response” works to be released with the debut of his …

New Sheet Music for String Orchestra & New Merch!

Composed for Ryan M. Luévano and the Neue World Orchestra Project, the 2002 string quartet “Greek Dance” has found new life as a driving work for string orchestra!!! I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to revisit this old little gem of a work! 🙂 Enjoy the digital demo …

#NewTuneThursday: Of Roses and Lilies

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Our first new composition of the new year is a 2013 work for solo soprano, women’s choir, piano, and string orchestra, with english horn and soprano recorder. Completed in 2013, Of Roses and Lilies is “A Romantic Expression Based on King Solomon’s Song of Songs.” Flirting with …

“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano

For your convenience and artistic variety, the original Celtic tune “Gleann Na Aes Sídhe (Glen of the Faeries)” is now available for solo fiddle and piano! Get the duo sheet music here, and enjoy the demo video below! And don’t forget, you can get the original recording of the full …

Free Vintage Style Concert for Violin and Piano Next Week!

Check out the awesome little concert I’ll be doing with pianist, Lydia Wu, Friday night, Jan 5, 2018! We’re so looking forward to playing this charming music for you… Featuring musical sweets from Fauré, Elgar, Amy Beach…and even Yours Truly… 😉 Hope to see you there! ☺️ 🎼🎹🎻

#NewTuneThursday: Resplendence

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Let’s ring the bells for today’s new tune, since the New Year is just around the corner! “Resplendence” is a five-and-a-half minute long work for 3.5 octave handbell choir. Composed in 2014, I used the opportunity to experiment with various sorts of combinatoriality (I really dig playing …

#NewTuneThursday: Christmas Wayfarer

Happy Holidays to one and all! Today’s #NewTuneThursday features one of my favorite works, “Christmas Wayfarer”!  Composed in 2015, this 8 minute medley includes unique adaptations of “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Coventry Carol,” “O Holy Night,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” The following year I …