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Sarah Curley, violin

A native of Downers Grove, Illinois, Sarah began studying the viola at the age of 9 in the public schools. She soon discovered a passion for music and began studying privately at Wheaton college. In high school, she had the opportunity to study with Lawrence Neumann and Karin Dirks of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She performed frequently in the Chicago area and abroad as a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony. She also was a member of the Encore chamber orchestra and participated in the Chicago Youth Chamber music program through Roosevelt University.

Sarah earned a BM in performance from the Peabody Institute of Music where she studied with Victoria Chiang. She then went on to earn a MM in performance from the University of Montreal, where she studied with Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot. In 2006, she was one of three winners of the International Viola Society solo competition and performed at the viola congress in Montreal. She had the opportunity to perform at many summer festivals focusing on chamber music including the Putney school at Yellow Barn, Credo chamber music, Encore and Orford. 

Sarah joined the Lincoln Symphony in 2007 and the Omaha Symphony in 2008. She is an active chamber musician in Omaha and Lincoln through the Omaha Symphony and with Third Chair Chamber players. Along with orchestral and chamber music performance, she maintains a large teaching studio for violin and viola in Lincoln. When she is not teaching or performing, she spends time with her husband and three children.