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Violin Faculty: Sara Soltau

“Maybe music will save the world. That is, if we work for that purpose.”
- Shinichi Suzuki

Sara Soltau is a teacher who believes in creative, integrative, and applied teaching, which cares for each student’s unique goals and artistry.

Sara received her Masters in violin performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Fabian Lopez and Marjorie Bagley and simultaneously completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in ethnomusicology. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied under violinist Richard Luby. In college she began teaching violin, completed an independent study on violin pedagogy, and began various research projects on creative music education, which she still pursues. She is influenced and inspired by teachers such as Kato Havas, Murray Schafer, bell hooks, Yuhudi Menuhin, and Paolo Freire.

She attended summer music programs at The Berlin University of the Arts, The International Music Academy at Pilsen, The International Violin Symposium at Chapel Hill, and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She was a teaching assistant and member of the graduate string quartet for her assistantship at UNCG, a summer intern at Appalshop/WMMT, a pedagogy fellow at the Heifetz Institute in 2012, a member, improviser, and collaborator in various bands, and recently performed an original composition written for her by Allen Anderson. Sara is excited to be back at the Louisville Academy of Music where she previously studied with Ruth French.


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