Sarah Kim



Violin, Viola, Conductor
Sarah Kim
(She/Her) Sarah Kim is a Korean-American music collaborator based in New York City. She works primarily as a violinist, violist, and MD/conductor in musical theater (as a pit musician and on-stage musician) and MT-adjacent genres/environments. 

Outside of her specialty, she has extensive experience in orchestra management, orchestral playing/conducting, chamber music, music education, contracting, management/logistics, studio sessions, and film, and enjoys tracking string parts for her friends’ original music. 

Proud alum of Northwestern University.

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Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim (she/her) is a Korean-American music collaborator based in New York City and, formerly, Chicago, IL. She works primarily as a violinist, violist, music director, conductor, contractor, and music educator, specializing in musical theater (as a pit musician and on-stage musician) and MT-adjacent genres, studio session work, film, and live performance. 

Formerly based solely in Chicago, Sarah has worked with Cedille Records, Delmark Records, Metropolitan Jazz Octet, Dee Alexander, Fred Breitberg, Paramount Theatre - AuroraFlorentine Opera, Merit School of Music, Oistrakh Symphony, Porchlight Music Theatre, BoHo Theatre, among others. She can be heard on Cedille Records’ Album “Leo Sowerby: The Paul Whiteman Commissions & Other Early Works” as concertmaster of the jazz orchestra, Bryan Eng’s “20” (jazz/pop album) as music director and producer, and Delmark Records’ “It’s Too Hot for Words” (Metropolitan Jazz Octet ft. Dee Alexander) as violinist. Off the public radar, Sarah enjoys recording demos for new musical theater works and tracking string parts for her friends’ original music. 

Sarah holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting (‘20) and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Education (‘18), both from Northwestern University--where she studied violin with Victor Yampolsky and Gerardo Ribeiro, viola with Helen Callus, and conducting with Victor Yampolsky and Dr. Robert Hasty. In addition to her private studies, Sarah also had opportunities to work with and be mentored by: Dr. Stephen Alltop, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Shawn Vondran, Daniel Farris, Dr. Donald Nally, Dr. Ryan Nelson, Danielle Ray, Mathias Tacke, Desirée Ruhstrat, Blair Milton, Dover Quartet, Alan Pierson, Ben Bolter, Dr. Maud Hickey, Dr. Steve Demorest, Dr. Sarah Bartolome, Stevi Marks, Dr. Steven Morrison, and Charles Emmons, in their respective fields. 

A native of Tacoma, WA, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the depths of the Pacific Northwest. She is a proud alum of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, a retired fastpitch softball player, competitive amateur kayaker, loyal fan of the Seattle Mariners, and aspiring National Park Service ranger. When she’s not on the move, you can find her in the kitchen cooking for more mouths than she can feed, or binging her favorite TV shows on repeat. 

Sarah is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802 (New York) and Theatre Musicians Association. (Formerly AFM Local 10-208, and TMA-Chicago)

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2022 - Present
Bloomington, IN

Community Manager

2022 - Present
Teaneck, NJ

Managerial Assistant

2021 - 2022
Represented a roster of 40 artists (USA & International) and managed their travel/accommodations, schedules, logistics, press/publicity materials, serviced contracts, prepared artist visas and work permits internationally, prepared local and international tax/revenue forms, issued/processed invoices; managed agency website (Squarespace) and social media pages (Instagram, Facebook), including weekly content creation.

Head Director of Orchestras

2020 - 2021
Served as the Head Director of Orchestras at Ronald Thornton Middle School in Fort Bend ISD, Texas. Taught both synchronous and asynchronous classes in a hybrid schedule that consisted of multiple combined classes (of varied experience levels). [Left position due to long-term illness.]
Evanston, Illinois

Orchestra Manager, Librarian, and Assistant Conductor

2018 - 2020
Responsible for all ensemble organization/logistics and communication between over 250 orchestra musicians, conductors, assistants, crew, house staff, marketing staff, and affiliates for the 3 major university orchestras, overlapping opera orchestras, and the 2018 Asia Tour Orchestra. Present at all rehearsals/concerts as personnel manager, stage manager, asst. conductor, librarian or asst. librarian to oversee all orchestra operations, manage attendance/absences, maintain personnel records, manage rotating rosters, subs, and additional musicians.

Large Ensembles Conductor (Substitute)

2018 - 2020
Substitute Large Ensembles Conductor (orchestras) at Chicago's Merit School of Music for ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, chamber coachings, and classes as needed.
Tacoma, WA, USA

Sectional Coach & Summer Faculty

2013 - 2014

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