SARAH GREENE CONSTANTINE, Violist, Violinist, Vocalist, Actress
Violist Sarah Michelle Greene, has enjoyed a successful career in demand by top artists and orchestras, performing and recording with them in venues such as The LA Forum, The Hollywood Palladium, The Disney Concert Hall, Paramount Studios, Universal Music Publishing Group, Bridgewater Hall, UK, Scottish National Orchestra Centre, Glascgow. In 2016 Sarah won the audition for Lincoln Center Stage and from January 2017 through 2020 toured as a violist with the Lincoln Center Stage Piano Quintet “Quintet La Mer” aboard the Holland America Cruise Line- performing over 700 concerts of over 20 hours of chamber music repertoire before thousands of classical music lovers around the world. Sarah also performs as violinist, violist and vocalist as a member of her professional family chamber ensemble, “The Five Greenes” and has recently been a featured guest artist at the Lake George Music Festival and a Fellow of the Vermont Mozart Festival. As an orchestral musician, Sarah has performed with many professional orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Manchester Camerata, the BBC NOW Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Juneau Symphony, the Northbrook Symphony, under that batons of many distinguished conductors such as Thomas Sondergard, Jon Storgard, Sir Mark Elder, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Andrew Constantine, Mina Zikri, Ryan Haskins, and Josh Weilerstein. Sarah's solo viola concerto repertoire includes the concertos by Walton, Bartok, Hindemith, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Telemann, Bach Brandenburg No.6, and Bruch Double. During the Pandemic, Sarah won a position with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Highland Park Strings and a sub for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Peoria Symphony Orchestra. As of June 2023, Sarah is the newly-appointed full-time Sub-Principal (3rd Chair) of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, UK, under the direction of John Storgård.
Sarah has appeared as a soloist in many top concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center, and Ravinia's Bennet Gordon Hall, Kosciusko Foundation Auditorium in New York City, and as a Jazz vocal soloist in the Peoria Civic Center, and more. Concerto appearances for 2024 will include engagements with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the Highland Park Strings. Concert and radio and television studio recording credits include performance and appearance on Season 6 Finale of TV show "Glee" in the "Glee Band; the ABC TV show "The Fosters"; Concert performance in the LA Forum with renowned Latin American Singer Marc Antonio Solis; featured performance with the DJ TyDi opening for Steve Aoki and Afrojack at the Hollywood Palladium; recording artist for TV Show Fargo; Performance with Sheridan Solisti on Chicago “Live from WFMT” program hosted by Kerry Frumkin; USC Thornton School of Music Symphony performance at Disney Concert Hall with Glenn Dicterow; Principal Violist for Serasymphony: Sailor Moon Orchestra; concert performance of Brahms Sextet with Joseph Silverstein (Boston Symphony Orchestra ConcertMaster) and faculty members of the Montecito Music Festival; Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra gala concert with Randy Newman; Violinist in the American Youth Symphony led by Alexander Treger; Dolby Theater with Shahkar Bineshpajooh; recording for the album "Ultra Chic Hotel for killer tracks of Universal Music Publishing Group; "Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert at Avalon Theater with Robert Davi, Deanna Martin and Friends; Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever with Jherek Bischoff, opening for Kaki King; violin and viola recording for several feature film soundtracks for Javor Film Music including: The Afterglow and Elijah's Silence; as well as recordings with Grammy and Tony-Award winning musician Charlie Rosen and the 8-Bit Big Band, Grammy-Award-winning Jazz Pianist Steven Feifke, song-writer/producer Johnny Shorr, and others; Balcony TV- Los Angeles with Vinnie Ferra; Juneau Symphony (Alaska); Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Illinois); Highland Park Strings (Illinois) ; Violist with the Rochester Philharmonic (NY) in the Eastman-Kodak Hall.
Sarah is the recipient of the George Eastman, Howard Hanson and Book Award Scholarships at Eastman, and a Full Scholarship to USC where she obtained a Graduate Performer's certificate. She completed a Master of Music degree- with Distinction- in June 2023 at the Royal Northern College of Music, also under a merit tuition scholarship. Sarah won a First Prize in the College/Professional Division of the 2012 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and made her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut in May 2012. Sarah has also won top prizes in the North Suburban Symphony Young Musicians Competition, the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition, the Walgreen’s National Concerto Competition, the Bel Canto Foundation Italian Opera Contest and the HPHS Concerto Competition. Previously, Ms. Greene won a full scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp from the 2006 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Piano Auditions, and was awarded the 2009 Highland Park High School Plotkin Prize for the Top Performing Artist, the 2010 Yea! Highland Park Scholarship in the Arts, and the 2010 North Shore Music Teachers Association Merle Hanson Scholarship Award in Viola.
The daughter of two professional musicians, Ms. Greene showed an early talent for music, performing on piano at Carnegie Hall at age 4, composing her first piece, “Flower Garden” at age 4, composing her own cadenza for the Haydn Piano Concerto in D at age 13, and her first Musical, “Wake Me Up When It’s Over” at age 16. Ms. Greene was twice selected to be an Illinois (IMEA) All-State Musician as a both Singer and Violist, has performed as a soloist with orchestras and choral groups as a Pianist, Violinist, Violist and Singer, and has performed lead roles in musical theater since the age of nine.
Sarah has been a full scholarship or Fellowship recipient at the following music festivals or camps: Montecito Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music Institute, Fine Arts Music Society Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Camp. Sarah also served as the Concertmaster of her High School Symphony Orchestra for two years, and as President of the HPHS Chorale, and Dance Captain of the Swing Choir. She is a proud alumna of the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra and Chamber Music program.
Sarah Greene’s teachers and mentors have included: Karen Dreyfus (Professor of Viola, USC Thornton School of Music); Carol Rodland (Professor of Viola, Juilliard School, Former Professor of Viola, Eastman School of Music); Concert Violinist, David Yonan, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist and First Violinist, Charles Pikler; Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger; Winifred Brown (Voice, DePaul University); Cynthia Mace; Sherry Overholt; Stephen Hobson; Sheri Owens; and Scott Shallenbarger. Sarah has had coaching or been a participant in Master Classes with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Associate Concert Master, David Taylor; Roberto Diaz (President, Curtis Institute); Yoram Youngerman; Alice Schoenfeld; Michael Klotz (Amernet String Quartet); Matthew Michelic; and James Dunham.
Sarah performs on a 1958 Viola by Edmund Glaesel, a 2013 Amati-model viola by New York-based American Luthier Guy Rabut, and a 1956 Violin by the infamous Russian-American Luthier Dmitri Didtschenko.