Sarah Wallin-Huff

Sarah Wallin-Huff

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A Sonic Catalogue of Sarah's Eclectic Sounds. In the following folders you'll discover the breadth of Sarah's sounds -- from large ensembles of sweeping music, to vocal works, to intimate chamber pieces, to works more...
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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, is currently the concertmaster for the Santa Clarita Philharmonic, and 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

Education

Honors

Professional Affiliations

Repertoire

Latest Releases

Newest Sheet Music and Recordings
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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Presenting… “Music for The Book of I (The Existential Edition)”!
Presenting… “Music for The Book of I (The Existential Edition)”!
At long last, the 2014 soundtrack to the novel by Jorge Armenteros, "The Book of I," is available in all its re-mastered and re-recorded glory!...
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Two New Film Soundtracks Available!
Two New Film Soundtracks Available!
I am so honored to have been invited to write and produce the scores to a couple of exciting independent film projects, and I've decided...
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New Album “Paroketh’s Veil” Now Available!
New Album “Paroketh’s Veil” Now Available!
From CBTTF Records, featuring the original works of Sarah Wallin Huff, we introduce... Paroketh's Veil Right now, the album is only available in DVD and...
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New Meditation Track
New Meditation Track
I recently finished a 15-minute long meditation track for someone in the community, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this track — all thanks...
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“simplicity” is now available!
“simplicity” is now available!
Due to a large and involved soundtrack project I recently took on (featuring my music that will appear in the background of an upcoming bingo...
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Recent Posts

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...
Read More
Presenting… “Music for The Book of I (The Existential Edition)”!
Presenting… “Music for The Book of I (The Existential Edition)”!
At long last, the 2014 soundtrack to the novel by Jorge Armenteros, "The Book of I," is available in all its re-mastered and re-recorded glory!...
Read More
Two New Film Soundtracks Available!
Two New Film Soundtracks Available!
I am so honored to have been invited to write and produce the scores to a couple of exciting independent film projects, and I've decided...
Read More
“Shady Oaks Takedown” – The Trailer
“Shady Oaks Takedown” – The Trailer
UPDATE: We were selected by the audience to go on to the second round of screenings for the Audience Award!!!! Check out the details here!...
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New Album “Paroketh’s Veil” Now Available!
New Album “Paroketh’s Veil” Now Available!
From CBTTF Records, featuring the original works of Sarah Wallin Huff, we introduce... Paroketh's Veil Right now, the album is only available in DVD and...
Read More
Paroketh’s Veil
Paroketh’s Veil
I'm super excited to have finally organized my thoughts regarding the unifying elements of my upcoming album into an effective album description. “The word Paroketh...
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Epic Internet Win with “Sandpaper Ballet” Performance
So I'm in the process of updating my Arrangements page on Novel Soundtrax, when I came across this epic performance of Leroy Anderson's "Sandpaper Ballet,"...
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New Retro Game Soundtrack Music — Novel Soundtrax
I had so much fun putting together some music for a retro video game project — I love being able to bring the “bleeps and...
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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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Thought for the Day

“His Majesty does not know what the band has just played, but it is never to be played again.” – George V of the United Kingdom (on hearing Richard Strauss‘ “Elektra”) (Nope, this wasn’t an April Fool’s Day prank.)

The Long-Awaited Bowhold Comparison

(Update: Check out this great video of Itzhak Perlman talking about his bowhold!… And, watch a video of me teaching a Basic Bowing Lesson, excellent for understanding the basics to achieving a great and steady tone! ) Finally, the photos of a few of history’s violin Greats and their bow holds are here! …

Music: The Bread of Geniuses

Pianist Arthur Schnabel and physicist Albert Einstein, who was a fairly good violinist, were playing a Mozart sonata. Einstein became hopelessly lost at one point. When they stopped, Schnabel asked, “Albert, can’t you count?” (as posted by Tom Holzman on Violinist.com, March 12, 2005.)

Thought for the Day

“Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of Sinai. Blessed …

Knilling’s “Perfection” Pegs

I first came across these geared pegs at the CMEA Convention last weekend, and, after handling Knilling’s display violin, I was immediately impressed with the pegs’ fluidity and perfect outward appearance. These aren’t your regular geared pegs that you find on guitars or string basses! The gears are all on …

Thought for the Day

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” —J.S. Bach Hm. We’re obviously dealing with a prodigy here. =)

Green Rosin?!?

Over the past several months, I have been experimenting with a different brand of rosin. Aside from the attractive and unusual, rich green color and the raving customer reviews, it was on sale, so I thought I’d give it a go. Using it with my set of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi …

“Performing Under Pressure”

I came across a spectacular article by respected violinist, Oliver Steiner. For my students, and for anyone who suffers from anxiety before or during a performance, please click here to read the article. “Nervousness can co-exist with well controlled, beautiful playing,” Mr. Steiner says. Whatever feelings — whatever butterflies, sweaty …

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 …