Violin, Viola | Lehi / Highland

Sidney began taking violin lessons at the age of 5 with her mother. At age 13, she started taking lessons with Dr. Julia Salerno, violin professor at Eastern Washington University and continued to study with Dr. Salerno through high school. In 2017 Sidney attended the Summer String Academy at Indiana University where she studied with Grigory Kalinovsky. The next 2 summers Sidney attended the Meadowmount School of Music where she studied with Anne Setzer and Gerardo Ribeiro. In the fall of 2018 she attended Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles where she studied under Dr. Alexander Russell until transferring to Utah State University in fall 2020 where she now studies with The Fry Street Quartet 1st violinist Robert Waters. Sidney was a member of the Oregon East Symphony from 2013-2015, the Portland Youth Philharmonic from 2015-2016, the Spokane Youth Symphony from 2016-2018, the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra from 2018-2020 where she has held principal positions and the Utah State University symphony orchestra from 2020-2022 where she has also held principal and concertmaster positions. Sidney has won and been a top prize winner in many solo artist competitions such as being a winner of the Oregon East Symphony Young Artist Competition 2013, winner and scholarship recipient of the 2017 Grande Ronde Symphony Concerto Competition, 2nd prize winner of the Southern California Philharmonic Young Artist Competition 2019, prize winner of the Pasadena Symphony Young Artist Competition 2020, winner of the Pasadena Alumni Chapter Scholarship Competition 2020, and winner of the 2021-2022 Utah State school of music concerto competition. Sidney is also a member of the Synchrony quartet which won this year's 2021-2022 Utah Asta string competition and played at the Asta festival in St. George. Sidney recently graduated from Utah State in Violin Performance and plans to audition for grad school this upcoming year in pursuit of a masters degree and eventually a doctorate degree also in Violin Performance. In addition to performing and going to school, Sidney is an avid teacher. She has been an orchestra teacher with Mountain West String Academy in Logan, Utah for the past 2 years and a private violin teacher for the past 5. Sidney adopts the primary teaching idea of Shinichi Suzuki into her own that any child and any person can play an instrument. She pushes her students to do well but in a way to where they always leave feeling confident in their playing and themselves. Throughout all teaching and lessons Sidney tries to instill in her students that while a big goal with violin playing and music in general is improvement, but the biggest goal is to have fun. Music can shape us in many ways that nothing else can, and Sidney wants everyone to grow to love it as much as she does. Sidney also believes that music is the best form of service. If we can teach our kids and everyone around us to serve others by way of music then the world will be a much better place. In her free time Sidney loves to run, bake, and spend time with her family.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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