Sarah Cummings began studying the violin at the age of 4 in Durham NH with Louise Wear, who was among the first generation of teachers to implement the Suzuki method in the United States. Sarah discovered her passion for teaching as a teenager when she had the unexpected opportunity to take on some private students. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in musicology from Northwestern University. Her other major teachers include Marylou Speaker Churchill, Linda Case, and Blair Milton, and she did her Suzuki Teacher Training with Carrie Reuning Hummel, Sandy Reuning and Thomas Wermuth.
Sarah has been a devoted member of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra for nearly 20 years; she served as the librarian for 15 years and is now on the Board of Directors and is the coordinator for the orchestra’s Youth Outreach program. Also active in the upstate New York area as a freelance musician, she has performed regularly with local organizations such as Music’s Recreation and Women’s Works and is featured on the album Fiddlespel: Dance Music of Scandinavia. “I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people alive to get to teach music to children for a living! I never, ever get tired of Twinkle because each child brings something unique, every day. I am honored to be a part of the ITE faculty. ”