Sarah Umlauf holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Ball State University where she studied with Sherry Kloss and a Bachelor of Music from Bob Jones University where she studied with Dianne Pinner.
Sarah is an experienced orchestra musician. After graduate school, she auditioned for and was awarded a two year contract with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Sarah also played in the first violin section of South Bend Symphony (South Bend, Indiana). She now regularly performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Elmar Oliveira, and Midori.
Sarah has also participated in the Virginia Arts Festival, whose recent highlight performances include: Mahler’s Eighth, Alpine Symphony, and the world premier of Stewart Copeland’s Ben Hur. She has performed with other festival orchestras such as Interlochen Festival Orchestra, Instrumenta Verano in Puebla, Mexico, The Santo Domingo Music Festival and AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.
Currently Sarah is the Strings Director at Young Musicians of Virginia. She has done recording work for Lorenz Publishing, Naxos, and the Virginia Symphony Label.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys playing the piano, especially accompaniments for her violist husband, Matthew Umlauf. She also likes cooking and going on bike rides with her husband and three daughters.