Sarah Jay

Sarah Jay is an established symphonic professional cellist and master orchestral strings teacher with 15 years of experience.

Sarah began her performing and teaching career while obtaining her B.A. in Music Performance from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange, Ca.  Throughout her educational career, Sarah trained and studied under the direct tutelage of world-renowned cellists and pedagogues including: Eleanore Schoenfeld, Todd French, Marek Szpakiewicz, Richard Treat, Natalia Dyokonov and Roger Lebow.

As an educator Sarah’s experience is exhaustive.  As an award-winning musician of distinction beginning in high school, Sarah began private teaching early on.  Over the years, Sarah’s reputation became widespread resulting in the establishment of her own private studio/school – Soli Studios Music, Inc.  In addition to the 100’s of students Sarah has personally mentored and taught, Sarah’s expertise has been regularly called upon for developing custom curriculums and music programming for public and private schools through the Soli Encore program Sarah founded with her husband.

In addition to her successful private teaching, Sarah’s career as an instructor continued as she served as Cello & Strings Pedagogy Professor and Small Ensemble Director at Concordia University Irvine, Cello Professor at Vanguard University, Director of Strings Classes & Instruction at the Arts & Learning Conservatory, Waldorf Schools, Montessori Schools, Project Hope Alliance and has served as a cello consultant for many High Schools and Middle Schools.  Sarah has also been the Strings Teacher for Concordia Academy at St Mark Lutheran Church since moving to Nebraska from Southern California with her husband in late 2017, following his call to serve St Mark as Associate Pastor.

As a professional cellist Sarah has performed with a long list of symphonic orchestras and ensembles.  Examples include The Mozart Classical Orchestra, Da Capo Players, The Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, South Coast Symphony and others.

In her career as a freelance professional musician, Sarah has performed with well-known and Grammy Award winning recording artists such as Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Mandisa (American Idol), Susan Egan (Broadway operatic singer), Mannheim Steamroller, Morris Robinson (operatic bass), L.I.T. (radio rock/punk band) and others.

Sarah and her husband Eric enjoy God’s blessing of their 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth, and are so thankful to be in Nebraska serving the Lord Jesus with the gifts and talents entrusted to them.