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Reconstruction Complete!!

Welcome to the official “Main Site” of Sarah Wallin!

You’ll notice that what once said “Main” on the top bar now says “Music”; clicking on this link will take you directly to my current music examples. Also, you’ll find my Resumé up-to-date with a comprehensive list of my education and experience, and links to some of the important people and organizations in my life.

Enjoy!

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CMEA Convention in Pasadena, CA

The California Music Education Association (CMEA) will be holding its 2005 Convention at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. The event is open to everyone, and will provide a myriad of opportunities for anyone interested in music or teaching. There will be students performing, sessions about everything from performing to teaching techniques, important speakers like Barry Green (who wrote the popular book, “The Inner Game of Music”), and exhibits galore! I will be there, representing the ASTA and Cal Poly MENC booths. Click here for more information.

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Welcome to 2005! (with support-opportunities)

Can you believe it’s now been 5 years since the “new millennium”? Amazing! Well, I hope this new year rings bright and fresh for you and your loved ones, as schools and jobs start up again; may you be inspired, challenged, and renewed in the coming months.

On a slightly more sombering note, we’ve all heard of the terrible destruction in South East Asia. “The official death toll from the Asian tsunami climbed dramatically to 147,000 Friday and authorities held out little hope for tens of thousands still missing,” according to Lely T. Djuhari, a writer for Associated Press. Click here to see the article.

James, my beloved, has already put together a list of valid and trustworthy organizations to which you may offer your donations in support of their efforts in the midst of this catastrophe. Please, if this strikes you as something you’d like to take part in, click on the link above and check out his post.

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming soon, and what to get for your favorite violinist at home? According to a discussion board on Violinist.com, items on the violinist’s wish list might include:

– a metronome (very important for the growing musician — Parents, get one for your child!! I prefer the electronic ones, for their adjustable volume and compact shapes and sizes. But others prefer the old-fashioned mechanical ones for their long-standing reliability.)

– Violin-related artwork and knick-knacks (i.e. paintings, bookmarks, home-decor, keychains, etc.)

– Mozart chocolates (hmm . . . sound good!)

– Music gift certificates, sheet music, and CDs.

– Accessories, such as rosin, orchestral and practice mutes, tuning mechanisms, music stands, music stand light, pencil holder, a set of spare strings, shoulder rests (purchase some of these with caution and with recommendations from your teacher.)

– Gift certificate for a bow rehair, and a professional massage or spa treatment (two of my personal favorites!)

Just some ideas to get you started. Why not check out Woodwind Brasswind or Quinn Violins for these or similar gift ideas? And explore the many discussions on Violinist.com, ask questions, seek answers, and discover the secret, wacky lives of violinists all over the world.

Merry Christmas!

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A Special Word of Thanks

Before I become even more fascinated and involved with this site than I already am, I want to be sure to publicly thank my companion, lover, and fiancé, James, for putting this all together for me. He makes my life vibrant, in every way, and I am ever so grateful for him. Thank you, James.