Sarah Murray Espinoza

Violin Teacher

Sarah Murray Espinoza

SAA Member


Chico, CA
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Sarah Murray Espinoza earned a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Violin Performance from Valparaiso University and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the College of Music at the University of Colorado. Her major teachers were Andrew Smith, Gregory Maytan, and Oswald Lehnert. Other influential teachers were Clara Takarabe and Margaret Gutierrez. Sarah was a winner of the Valparaiso University concerto competition in 2006, and performed Beethoven’s Romance in F as soloist with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra.

From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Murray Espinoza was Principal Second Violin of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestral experience has been with the Boulder Opera Company, Fort Collins Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. She has attended the National Music Festival in Maryland, the Masterworks Festival in Indiana, the Stamford International Music Festival in England, and was a member of the Blue Lake International Youth Orchestra. Her youth and university orchestra experiences brought her the opportunities to tour Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and China.

Ms. Murray Espinoza is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher, training with Edward Kreitman and William Starr, and is Suzuki certified through Book Eight.  She was a Suzuki violin teacher at the Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, Colorado, from 2010-2017. With fifteen years’ experience teaching all ages and levels, Sarah’s creative, thoughtful, and fun teaching style helps students build a love for music and confidence to express themselves through music.  Sarah’s teaching experience also includes coaching and mentoring at the Longmont Youth Symphony in Colorado, the High Plains Youth Symphony, and the Chamber Intensive Camp at Valparaiso University.