PRIVATE LESSONS IN VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, AND BASS
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SUPPORT FOR THE LSO STRING PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:
Callaway Foundation, Inc.
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Music Lesson Faculty:
Sarah Davis – Cello / Violin
Cellist, violist, and violinist, Sarah Davis, was born and raised in the western desert of Nevada to a family of 8 children. She was homeschooled her entire life and when she turned 14, her mother helped her start an online jewelry business. This business thrived and eventually provided her with the means to support her future aspirations in music as well as purchasing a vehicle and home for her family.
Ms. Davis discovered her love for music in 2010 and after receiving a violin from her oldest sister, began studying with Marina Volynets. Before the first year was over, she heard a recording of a cello performance and instantly fell in love. She purchased a cello and began studying with Vadim Volynets in 2012.
In 2013, her oldest sister discovered a volunteer orchestra in Milledgeville Georgia, and encouraged Sarah to audition. The Oconee Regional Symphony Orchestra accepted her as a violinist and only one month later, she began playing as a community member for the Georgia College string orchestra. These two ensembles changed Sarah’s life and convinced her that her calling was in music.
In 2016, Sarah began her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Georgia College & State University. Her primary instructor was Barbara Altman and in 2017, she began studying viola with Dr. William McClain. During this same year, she founded the GC&SU String Quartet and served as cellist and manager until 2019 when their two violinists graduated. As well as managing and performing in the quartet, Sarah co-founded and taught Putnam Strings at Putnam County Elementary School. This was an after school music program that provided students with instruments, books, and training every Tuesday. As well as teaching at Putnam County Elementary School, Sarah was able to teach at Killian Hill Christian School for a semester in her senior year where she taught violin, viola, cello, and orchestra lessons and classes. In addition to these two teaching opportunities, Sarah became the private string instructor at the Greenwood School of Music in Macon where she started with one cello student. As of February 2023, she has a private studio of over 15 students, coaches the Greenwood Chamber Ensemble and serves as cello instructor and GCSU String Quartet coach.
Sarah graduated from GC&SU in 2020 and immediately began her goal of a masters in cello performance. She began her graduate studies at the Schwob School of Music in 2020 and studied with Wendy Warner, Dr. Katrin Meidell, and Paul Hostetter. She graduated with a masters in cello performance in 2022 and will complete an artist diploma at the Schwob School of Music in 2024. During this diploma, she will serve as the cello graduate assistant to Wendy Warner and play in both the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra.
Sarah now lives in Lagrange, GA, with her fiancé and two cats.
Sam Lee – Violin / Viola / Piano
Sam Lee has been a part of the LaGrange music community since January of 1990 when he played in the first concert of the LaGrange College – Community Orchestra which became the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra later that year. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Columbus State University and a Master’s of Music Theory from Georgia State University. He studied violin under Oliver Steiner.
In the Fall of 1996, Mr. Lee began teaching Strings at LaGrange Academy. He is the founding conductor of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra, which originally began under his direction, as an affiliate of the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, in 1997. He has played in many regional orchestras, including the Columbus Symphony, Carroll Symphony, and LaGrange Symphony, as well as being a regular free-lance musician. Mr. Lee frequently performs as violin/viola soloist, including many engagements with the Choral Society of West Georgia. He currently is the Director of the String Ensemble of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra, and teaches Strings at LaGrange Academy as well as for the LaGrange Symphony Youth String Program.
Mr. Lee is a native of Atlanta and currently resides in East Point, Georgia.
Ken Passmore – Piano
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