Sarah Larsen is a multi-faceted teacher & musician. Originally from ​Wisconsin, she grew up playing classical music with her pianist ​mother and sister. Her formative years were spent at Lawrence ​University, the Walnut Hill School, New England Conservatory’s ​Preparatory Division, and the University of Hartford’s Hartt School ​on full scholarship. College introduced her to alternative styles ​including a run with string quartet Vox4 that led to Carnegie Hall; ​Americana rock string trio, Little Ugly; and premiering Gary ​Tomasetti's Violin Concerto written specifically for her.

Sarah's time in Philadelphia saw her playing with the Hot Club of ​Philadelphia, multiple bluegrass bands as well as frequent calls as ​string arranger for local songwriters. She has recorded at every ​major studio in the greater Philadelphia area, working with Ben ​Arnold, Susan Werner, Hop Along and Dr. Dog, among others. Sarah ​is an award-winning contest fiddler having taken Grand Champion ​of the Lyons Fiddle Festival and the Delaware State Championship.

Refusing to be defined by labels or genres, Sarah is equally at home ​in a jazz jam, a bluegrass pick, or an orchestral setting. She has ​spent over 30 years learning to communicate with musicians of all ​levels and styles, and has dedicated her life to helping others ​achieve satisfaction and joy through music.

Upcoming Performance Dates

2.10.24 • The Clendenen “Brothers” • White Oak Tavern 8-11 PM

2.13.24 • Annapolis Bluegrass Jam • Glory Days Edgewater 7-10 PM

2.15.24 • Baltimore Honky Tonk w/Flying Komoroski Brothers 7-10 PM

2.16.24 • Seneca Creek Bluegrass Band • Brookeville Beer Farm 5:30-8:30 PM

3.1.24 • The High and Wides w/Geraldine • Garfield Center for the Arts 8 PM

For over 15 years, Sarah has been a sought-after clinician and private instructor. Her arduous education ​combined with a big heart allows her students a comfortable place to pursue their musical dreams, ​whatever they might be. Some of her students have gone on to pursue continuing musical education. Many ​of them still play in community orchestras or local bluegrass bands.

Sarah's private studio is located in Edgewater, Maryland. At this time there are no openings; however, you ​are welcome to send an email to and be placed on a waitlist.

There are many scholarship opportunities available for students to pursue their musical dreams. Check out ​the list below and fill out an application to help your continue your musical education.

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association

The Steve Mandell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Educator/Faculty Positions

In addition to her private studio, Sarah is on faculty at several bluegrass festivals and camps.

2024 teaching positions include Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, ​Appalachian Bluegrass and Fiddle Association Festival, and Augusta Heritage Center (Bluegrass Week).

Clinician, Retreat Leader, and Musical Guide

If you want to raft a river or climb a mountain, you hire a guide to help you navigate.

Consider Sarah your guide on your musical journey.

Want to connect nonverbally with other musicians? Work on your instrument? Get rid of ​nervous jitters?

Check out these events and take the next step on your journey.

For the Ladies:

A Bluegrass Retreat

Youth Practice Intensive

for Violin/Fiddle

Winter Pick-A-Thon

A note from Sarah:

On occasion, I do come across unique and beautiful instruments and bring them home with me. I'm not a ​dealer or a shop, but have worked in various shops over the years and built a good eye for great instruments. ​Potential for an old thing to be useful is always on my mind.

There's usually a few fiddles and guitars shuffling around my orbit. If there's a particular instrument you're ​interested in or that you've been hunting for, reach out and send me an email.

Here’s a few of my favorite finds...

LEFT: 1953 Martin D-18

RIGHT: 1943 Gibson LG-2

BELOW: Workshop of Chappuy, c. 1780