Making Music Come to Life

This season is bringing with it a most amazing opportunity to record some of my more challenging pieces with live musicians. I have always said that I would rather hear my work done by even mediocre live players than by a computer. To be fair, of course I want to present my work accurately, too. 😉 But there’s something raw, visceral, and alivethat human players bring to the mix that a computer just cannot equal. A couple Saturdays ago, I and four of my talented friends got together in a gorgeous, echoey church sanctuary to record the live performance of my “tarot quintet,” The Oracle.

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This Friday, Stand with Bandcamp in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

From Bandcamp Daily:

all day this Friday, February 3rd (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union.

At the linked post from Bandcamp Daily, the folks at Bandcamp have

…compiled a list of albums made by artists from the affected countries (Bandcamp may be incorporated in the United States, but we host artists from every corner of the world)…We hope that, as you listen to these albums, you’ll not only discover some great new artists, but will also gain a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us.

Don’t forget to check out my Bandcamp page, too. 😉

Please spread the word, and thanks for your support!!!

ESOTERICA is Live on the Web!

My newest album, ESOTERICA, is now live on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, & GooglePlay, as well as Bandcamp and my own store!

Get it while it’s hot! 😉

Performance Debut of “Christmas Wayfarer” for Concert Band!

It’s Saturday, Dec. 3, @7pm in Santa Ana, CA. I hope you can join me for this exciting and fun concert!!

“Gypsy Wanderer” Available for Purchase!

New, on my Purchase Page, you can now choose to purchase sheet music directly from me! – and get PDFs that are full color, and save money, too! Check it out! :mrgreen:

Now just up on my Purchase Page as well, you can be the first to own the sheet music – score and part – for my brand-new Sonata for Violin and Piano, Gypsy Wanderer!

Enjoy!

Interactive Tools for Maturing Musicians!

I just stumbled upon a marvelous wealth of interactive tools for ear training, theory, musicianship, and much more at The String Academy of Wisconsin‘s website!

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite very handy online trainers that I plan to use enthusiastically and incorporate into lessons from now on! :mrgreen:

You can even have kids take it home for homework and print out a progress report!

This list can always be found under the Bio and More –> Violin Lessons drop-down menus at the top of my site. Check it out!

Composing Music for an Indie Thriller!

Hey everybody!! It’s OFFICIAL!! I am a part of the In 5 Days team!! I’ll be working with them on the creation of a score for this exciting independent thriller!! W00t!

My team and I are THOROUGHLY impressed by your music, and I will say…Welcome to B-TEAM PRODUCTIONS & the Indie thriller, "IN 5 DAYS…" I would like to say firmly…On behalf of myself, B-TEAM PRODUCTIONS & IN 5 DAYS…WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!!

They are looking for 200 more people to Like their page and support them, so they can release the full trailer—check it out, and send them your love! 😉

I’m really excited to be working on this project with them!!! :mrgreen:

Photo Shoot Pics!

Look at this beautiful FB Album of pictures from the String Orchestra Photo Shoot! Photos taken by Tim Yao. Be sure to come see us play this Thursday night! :mrgreen:

Conductor Sarah