Sarah Hubbard ’12 Wins National Tune-Writing Contest

Sarah Hubbard ’12 recently won the national tune-writing contest sponsored by Strings Without Boundaries. She was by far the youngest of four winners. Certainly a rising star in the musical world, Sarah has placed in the top three in every fiddle contest she has ever entered as a young adult. She was the first place winner of the Blandford Fiddle Contest in 2009 and 2010, and she won second place in the Ethnic Division at the 31st Annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Festival in September 2010. She also had the opportunity to perform at Tanglewood with noted clarinetist Paul Green.

Sarah performs regularly with a number of groups. She is a soloist with the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, a local intergenerational group; she is the Klezmer violinist for Paul Green and Friends; she is a first violinist with the Springfield Youth Orchestra; and she was featured at a master class with Rachel Barton Pine, performing Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor. She is also concert mistress of The Williston Northampton School’s Chamber Orchestra, recently performing the Barber Concerto.

Sarah says she is committed to mastering and performing a variety of music styles for strings. Her musical interests and repertoire include jazz violin, gypsy jazz swing, Klezmer, blues, classical, electric and a wide variety of fiddle styles including New England, Ottawa Valley, Cape Breton, Irish, Texas Swing, bluegrass, old-time, and Metis, a style developed by Canadian Native Peoples.

Watch a short video of Sarah performing at a Williston assembly.