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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

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Repertoire

Latest Releases

Newest Sheet Music and Recordings
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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Leviathan Merch: Exclusive Artwork
Leviathan Merch: Exclusive Artwork
Check out this gorgeous artwork that's been created to celebrate the upcoming release of the official recording of "Leviathan of the Ancient Deep"!!! Don't forget --...
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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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Leviathan Faces New Horizons!
Leviathan Faces New Horizons!
TLDR: The ultimate recording of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” is under way! It will soon be available exclusively for my Backstage Members, along with some unique...
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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

#NewTuneThursday: Now Winter Nights Enlarge
#NewTuneThursday: Now Winter Nights Enlarge
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today's tune continues the Christmasy-slash-Holidays edition of these four Thursdays in December. I have to say I really love today's tune! It's sassy, medieval-feeling,...
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New Leviathan Concerto Video Tells the Epic Tale…
New Leviathan Concerto Video Tells the Epic Tale…
Get a glimpse into the world of the Leviathan E-Violin Concerto with this new music video featuring a 10-minute sample from the epic, exclusive recording...
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#NewTuneThursday: Cradle Song (of Mary’s Beloved)
#NewTuneThursday: Cradle Song (of Mary’s Beloved)
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today's tune kicks off the Christmasy-slash-Holidays edition of these four Thursdays in December. Sadly I have yet to hear this lovely little...
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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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Vote for This Blog in #TheDreamies2017!
Guess what? *squeee!!* This website is nominated for “Dreamiest Small Business Blog/Website”!!! Go vote for it now!!! 😲🤩
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#NewTuneThursday: Gypsy Wanderer
#NewTuneThursday: Gypsy Wanderer
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today's tune holds a special place in my heart. :) "Gypsy Wanderer" is an original, 4-movement sonata for solo violin and piano....
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Cyber Monday Swag Sale
Cyber Monday Swag Sale
For the next 8.5 hours, get your awesome Leviathan swag for 25%-60% off!!! Go to http://go.novelsoundtrax.com/Lev-Merch-Home & use code ZCYBERMONDAY at check-out...
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#NewTuneThursday: Face in the Moonlight
#NewTuneThursday: Face in the Moonlight
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! This little song for mezzo-soprano, string quartet, and piano was written back in 2002. I recall originally composing its melody and words...
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My Services

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

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.” —Thomas Carlyle

Classical Music Calendars

Ever wonder what’s going on around your area in Southern California? Ever feel like attending a cultured and inspiring event, such as an evening concert of chamber music, or an Art and Music lecture at the Getty? Jim Eninger, editor of the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter, has compiled a list …

Thought for the Day

“. . . I write novels . . . because I can’t sing, play an instrument, or compose sonatas . . . Writing, even great writing, is inevitably to some degree a local concern, in a way that music simply isn’t.” —Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours By the way, …

Thought for the Day

“The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.” —Jeffrey Tate Truly so. It’s all about give and take, the equality and importance of each part, and the camaraderie — the bending and adjusting — of each musician. It’s about working together, in spite of individual frailties, to …

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 …

“The Violin Close Up”

This web version of the 1980 book “The Violin Close Up” is a really neat introduction to the violin. The author and photographer, Peter Schaaf, presents the story of how the violin produces sound, in a most charming manner. The photos are just beautiful (good pick for the subject, too …

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! …