Violin Faculty

Alyson Clarke | Violin


A violinist whose playing has been praised by the New York Times as “finely polished” and “warm-toned”, Allyson Clark maintains an active performing schedule as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician performing throughout North America in venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, the Library of Congress, Constitution Hall, the National Gallery, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, and New World Center in Miami Beach.  As an advocate for contemporary music, Allyson has premiered several new works for both solo violin and chamber ensemble.  Recent collaborations include an artist residency at the University of Miami with Kookaburra Trio, world premieres with New Music New York, and a string quartet residency with Alight Dance Theatre at the Kennedy Center.  As an orchestral musician, Allyson has been a member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and toured Mexico with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas promoting the release of “Mi Alma Mexicana.”  She currently freelances with orchestras throughout New York City and has played under the baton of conductors including Pierre Boulez, Heinz Fricke, Joseph Silverstein, John Williams, Julius Rudel and Sir Colin Davis.  Allyson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Neil Weintrob and Curtis Macomber.  She completed her Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland under the tutelage of James Stern, Elisabeth Adkins, Arnold Steinhardt, and John Dalley.  Allyson has enjoyed teaching for over ten years and enjoys creating a curriculum tailored to the needs and goals of each individual student.



Sarah Whitney | Violin

Learn ViolinSarah Whitney began her violin studies at the age of four with the Suzuki Method and since then has been heard worldwide across stages in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. Ms. Whitney received a Bachelors Degree with honors from the University of Michigan, and a Masters Degree and Professional Studies Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. As an active performer, Ms. Whitney is currently a violinist with the New York City based ensemble Sybarite5, a group dedicated to broadening the string quintet repertoire and commissioning new works. Sybarite5 performs throughout NYC, recently performing at Lincoln Center, and was the first string quintet to be admitted to the Aspen Music Festival Advanced Quartet Studies program. Sarah has appeared with Sybarite5 on the CBS Early Morning Show, Aspen’s Plum TV network and in the Benedict MusiFirst Violinc Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Whitney was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the David Krakauer Exploring Klezmer Workshop; and she has been a guest artist of the Cleveland Institute of Music Faculty Concert Series, the Cleveland Composer’s Guild and the Memphis Chamber Music Society Solo Concert Series. She frequents the orchestral stage and recently led the Cleveland Central Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster on tour to Carnegie Hall. She has participated in festivals in Italy, France, and China as well as the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West and the Spoleto Music Festival. Her teachers include Paul Kantor, William Preucil, Kathleen Winkler, Aaron Berofsky, Cyrus Forough, and Stephen Shipps. Ms. Whitney has always had a love for teaching and believes that a good balance of work and fun is the most important element for success with students. She completed her Suzuki training at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies in Cleveland under Kimberly Meier-Sims and was named co-director of the Sato Center Outreach Group, leading student concerts throughout the city.