Kenneth SarchDr. Kenneth Sarch currently serves as Professor of Violin at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. He has taught at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania as Professor of Violin and Viola, Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra. He performed as Concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony for 14 years. Dr. Sarch is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay and Sally Thomas. Further studies have been with Robert Koff of the Juilliard Quartet, and Roman Totenberg. He received the Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory (in Residence as 1st Violinist of the Boston String Quartet) and the D.M.A. from Boston University. He taught on the faculty of New England Conservatory and served as Assistant to Roman Totenberg on the faculty of Boston University for eight years. Dr. Sarch was invited to travel to Cuba as a member of a United States Delegation of String Teachers sponsored by the People to People Ambassador Program. Dr. Sarch has performed as 1st violin in the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, the Hartford Symphony under Arthur Winograd and as Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony under Barry Tuckwell.

Dr. Sarch has received frequent invitations to perform, present Master Classes and conduct both in the United States and abroad. His appearances have earned him an international reputation as violinist, conductor, master teacher and clinician. Kenneth Sarch was invited to travel to Panama in 2011 to perform in the International Saint Malo Festival. He performed the popular Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata, and the world premiere of the Garay Violin Sonata written in 1901 (Garay was a Panamanian who studied with Faure). Dr. Sarch was invited four times to present Violin Clinics and Workshops at ASTA National Conventions in Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Tampa and Dallas!

Kenneth Sarch was awarded the 2003 Pennsylvania Music Educators Citation of Excellence in Music Education. He has received two Fulbrights for music projects in Brazil, where he concertized, started string programs and trained teachers, and Bolivia, where he founded a symphony orchestra in Santa Cruz and gave recitals. He received four USIA State Department Arts America grants to Panama, Israel, Jordan and Brazil, and two Fromm Foundation grants for performance at Tanglewood. He is the author of The Twentieth Century Violin and the American String Teachers Association Dictionary of Bowing and Pizzicato Terms. KJOS Music has published his string orchestra compositions.

In the United States, Dr. Sarch has been invited to present String Workshops, Master Classes and Clinics at state, regional and national music conventions, universities and music schools as well as numerous recitals, solo and conducting appearances in Brazil, Jordan, Israel, Venezuela, Bolivia, Canada, Europe and Panama. Dr. Sarch was invited to present String Workshops with violin students at the Casals Conservatory in Puerto Rico.

  • Recitals and Soloist with orchestra U.S., Europe, Central & South America, the Middle East and Canada.

  • Faculty emeritus Mansfield University (Chair String Studies), former Violin faculty Boston University (Assistant to Roman Totenberg), New England Conservatory (Pedagogy), East Tennessee State University and Shenandoah Conservatory Violin and Conducting

  • 2003 PMEA Citation of Excellence in Music Education

  • 2 FULBRIGHTs to Brazil and Bolivia

  • 4 USIA State Department Arts America Grants to Panama, Israel, Jordan and Brazil

  • 2 FROMM FOUNDATION Grants for performance at Tanglewood

  • Author of “The 20th Century Violin” and ASTA “Dictionary of Bowing and Pizzicato Terms”

  • String Orchestra compositions published by KJOS and LUDWIG MASTERS

  • Former President of PADESTA – Pennsylvania / Delaware String Teachers Association.

  • National String Program Chair, National Chamber Music Chair – MTNA

  • Founder and first Conductor and Soloist – Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

  • Invited 12 times to conduct the Panama National Youth Orchestra in Panama.


Co-Author – ASTA Dictionary of Bowing and Pizzicato Terms – available from ASTA


6 movements based on early American music – one with flute & drum, one with voice or chorus and String Orchestra

AHLAN SABAYA ALFARAH – (2 ½) Arabic dance KJOS MUSIC for String Orchestra, drum and finger cymbals

MARCH, MINUET, and CAPRICCIO by BEN FRANKLIN / Arr. Sarch (3) LUDWIG MASTERS for String Orchestra

THE RINK – Music for Charlie Chaplin’s silent film (4)