Alayne Wegner is a freelance violinist, teacher, and arts administrator based in Columbus, Ohio. Her creative yet detail-oriented teaching style provides her students with the tools necessary to tackle the various nuances of violin playing; by focusing on building a solid foundation of technique, her students are able to engage with their musicality in efficient and creative ways. Wegner specializes in teaching Classical and Irish/Celtic music and uses supplemental materials that are catered to each student’s needs. A recent graduate from Kenyon College (’17) with a dual degree in Music and Sociology, Wegner holds such achievements as the Thomas B. and Mary M. Greenslade Award for Music Performance, the first place prize in the Collegiate Division of the Young Musicians Competition with the Knox County Symphony, and Distinction in Music for her senior comprehensive exercise. For more information about Alayne Wegner, please visit www.alaynewegner.com.
Sarah Thomas is a Master's student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studies with Alexandra Kazovsky of the Ariel String Quartet. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she began her violin studies at the age of three and a half. Despite falling asleep in lessons during the "Twinkle years," she has pursued her passion for music all of her life. She earned a B.M. in Violin Performance, summa cum laude, from The University of Tulsa, where she was an active chamber musician and concertmaster of the TU Symphony. Sarah is an alum of the IES Vienna Music Program, where she spent Fall 2015 studying music, performing, and attending concerts. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and The National Orchestral Institute. She has enjoyed playing with the Tulsa Symphony, Signature Symphony, and Kentucky Symphony. From 2016-2017, Sarah taught elementary school orchestra in Tulsa Public Schools and was the Beginner Strings Teacher at Sistema Tulsa.