Sarah Harmsworth, of Missoula, Montana, is a versatile performer, comfortable as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral violinist. She is currently the Principal Second Violin of the Missoula Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Helena Symphony. She has additionally served as concertmaster of the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Festival Orchestra, among many other positions of leadership.
Sarah is passionate about contemporary music, and enjoys performing the music of living composers. She has performed new music with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and the ITCH Ensemble at Brevard Music Festival.
She has performed as a soloist with the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra, the Bozeman Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, and the Glacier Symphony. As a chamber musician, Sarah is a member of the Missoula Piano Trio, and is a two time winner of the Montana State MTNA chamber music competition.
She has additionally won the solo string division of the MTNA state competition twice, and has also won first place in the MASO Young Artist Competition, and the University of Montana Concerto Competition.
Sarah has performed at many music festivals, including Brevard Music Center, Red Lodge Music Festival, Litomysl Masterclsss, and Marrowstone Music Festival, where she was a violin fellow.
She has had the opportunity to play in master classes for Robert McDuffie, Gyorgy Pauk, Maria Larionoff, Monica Huggett, and Ron Patterson. She is currently studying with Margaret Baldridge at the University of Montana, previously having attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Milan Vitek. Previous teachers include Kay Mueller, J.P. Rafferty, William Preucil, David Kim, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
When not playing violin, Sarah enjoys baking, playing tennis, and spending time with her border collie puppy.