Sarah Bacon

Violin Teacher

Sarah Bacon

SAA Member


Boxborough, MA
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Sarah Bacon is Suzuki Dept. Chair and a Suzuki Violin Teacher at the Powers Music School ( in Belmont, MA. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Business with highest honors from DePaul University in Chicago, IL studying with Stefan Hersh and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA studying with Laura Bossert. She completed her Suzuki teacher training in Suzuki Books 1-10 with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Edward Kreitman, Teri Einfeldt, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Lorraine Fink and Katherine Wood. Sarah is also a certified early childhood educator in The Music Class’ MusicPups program, Musikgarten and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Lynn McColl.

Sarah Bacon began her violin studies in the Suzuki Program at Whitinsville Christian School, a private school in central Massachusetts. Led by Joanne Kuder, Sarah did her advanced violin studies with Suzuki teacher Monica VanderBaan who was a pupil of Dr. Suzuki in Japan. This Suzuki Program toured throughout the country, including performances in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Disney World, as well as Mexico. Sarah’s passion for music stems from the great Suzuki community she experienced in her youth. She strives to bring that same joy through music to her current students.

An accomplished chamber and orchestral musician, she has performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, International Chamber Artists, Lyrica Chamber Music, Seven Hills Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, Rembrandt Chamber Players, Al Kamandjati Baroque Festival and Camerata in West Bank Palestine. She premiered new chamber works through the American Composers Forum of Chicago and was a founding member of the International Chamber Artists. She made her solo debut with the Keene Chamber Orchestra and won the concerto competitions of the Worcester Music Association and Colorado College Summer Music Festival. In her youth, she was a member of the New England Conservatory Youth Orchestras and toured Israel with the Youth Symphony.

Sarah Bacon is the Director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival. She was the founding business manager of Midwest String Rentals based in Chicago and the administrator for the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Callisto Ensemble, Firebird Ensemble, and Bach With Verse, bringing live music to war-torn regions including Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Uganda as well as prison populations throughout the US. In addition to Powers, Sarah has taught at Concord Conservatory of Music, Making Music Matters! (Boston Public Schools), Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, and Midwest Young Artists in Illinois.

Philosophy: My goal in teaching is to guide and nurture the student’s discovery and exploration on the violin. At every age and level, I will encourage the unique voice of each student, working to develop the necessary physical, listening and creative thinking skills for beautiful self-expression. I want to empower my students with the confidence to know what they want to say through music (musicality) with the knowledge of how to make their voice come alive through their instrument (technique and musicianship). I cherish the opportunity to work together with my students and families through dedication, patience and a joy over mastering each small step, which can only lead to confident music-making and a life-long joy of playing.