Sara Louise Callaway: Violin

Sara Louise Callaway uses her experience in both performance and education to care for each student’s unique goals and artistry as a violinist. She pulls from various methods to teach note reading, sound production, and ear training from the very beginning of a child's development as a musician. She loves working with all ages and all levels of players and strives to nurture the whole person through the study of the instrument.

Sara received her Master's 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 UNC-Chapel Hill where she studied under violinist Richard Luby. Prior to college she studied with Ruth French who later became her mentor in Violin Pedagogy. Sara succeeded Ruth as President of the Louisville Academy of Music in 2018.

Sara has performed with The Atlanta Pops, Savannah Philharmonic, and Hollywood Concert Orchestra. She has collaborated with many Louisville musicians such as Jecorey Arthur, Will Oldham, and Ben Sollee. Sara attended music programs at The Berlin University of the Arts, The International Music Academy at Pilsen, The International Violin Symposium at Chapel Hill, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. She was awarded a Pedagogy Fellowship at the Heifetz Institute, a Teaching Assistantship as a member of the Graduate String Quartet at UNC-G, and was a Summer Intern at Appalshop.

Sara worked as the Education Programs Manager for the classical public radio station 90.5 WUOL for three years and she continues to co-host The Music Box, a music education podcast. She performs an original music and story program regularly in elementary schools around the State with collaborators Squallis Puppeteers. She also co-curates a music and nature program called SONICBernheim and has released a solo violin album on the local record label Auralgami Sounds.