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Sarah Whitney

Sarah Whitney
Teaching Artistry

Praised by The Washington Post for her “marvelous violin acrobatics,” Sarah is known for being a fierce trailblazer in the classical music world. She is on a mission to empower musicians and bring fresh new ideas to classical music and is recognized as a successful performer, speaker, artistic director, and Career Coach for Musicians.

During her 13-year tenure as violinist and founding member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, Sarah performed over 1,000 concerts around the world, including world premieres by Dan Visconti, Andy Akiho, Michael Gilbertson, Kenji Bunch, and Daniel Bernard Roumain, among others. SYBARITE5, who had three albums reach the top ten on the Billboard Charts, was the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, and the Grand Teton and Ravinia Festivals.

In 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series that breaks down the boundaries between the audience and the performers. Entering its ninth season of successful concerts, Beyond the Notes presents concerts around the country in partnership with performing organizations as well as concerts in the greater Boston area. Most recently, Sarah created Beyond the Notes Minis which are COVID-friendly concerts presented virtually or outdoors that highlight the works of underrepresented composers and raise money for social justice.

As a Career Coach for musicians, Sarah helps busy, high-level professional musicians reach new career highs where massive artistic fulfillment and joy take the front seat. With her unique mix of mindset strategy and business savvy, she’s helped countless musicians reach new career highs without burning out. Sarah frequently gives guest workshops and masterclasses around the country, including at the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, Rice University, and the University of Michigan, among others. Sarah’s writing is featured regularly in Strings Magazine and her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on the secrets of the music business that musicians need in order to thrive.

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan School of Music, as well as a Master of Music and Professional Studies degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.