Dr. Sara Bennett Wolfe
Sara Bennett Wolfe is the Director of SBW Suzuki Cello Studio in Norwalk CT, and is also on faculty at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy. She was Cello Department Head at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk CT from 2012-2016, and has taught at Kinhaven Music School’s Junior Session since 2011. Previous teaching positions include the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, Westminster Conservatory of Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts—Extension Division, Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp, and Ithaca College, where she was the graduate teaching assistant to cello professor Elizabeth Simkin. Sara is in demand as a cello clinician, directs the annual Fairfield County CelloFest, and was the Guest Artist at Montana State University’s 2013 Cello Festival.
Sara earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance from Rutgers University. She completed a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and also earned a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Ithaca College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance with distinction from Indiana University.
Sara has held the position of Principal Cellist with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Opera in the Ozarks, and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of Westchester, Norwalk Symphony, Canton Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Sara is a founding member of the Thales Piano Trio, and concertizes regularly throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic with her duo partner, pianist Heather Adelsberger. She has recently participated in commercial recordings and premieres for two new choral works in New York City, where she is an active freelancer.
Sara’s primary teachers include Jonathan Spitz, Merry Peckham, Elizabeth Simkin, and Emilio Colon. She has completed Suzuki Teacher Training with Pam Devenport, Melissa Kraut, and Mark Mutter. Sara is a winner of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Chamber Music competition, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition, and the Brevard Music Center’s Advanced Chamber Music Fellowship.
Sara believes deeply in the power of music education to teach students about love, discipline, and endurance. She enjoys being an integral part of her students’ “village,” and is thrilled to witness each small step as she and their parents guide them towards growing into Dr. Suzuki’s image of “noble human beings.”