Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Violin: Sally Barr


Sally Barr made her debut with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra at fourteen, replacing a violinist who had to drop out at the last minute in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. She soloed with the GSO twice more and participated in the All-Region, All-State, All-New England, and All-Eastern Orchestras before the end of high school.

Before receiving her master’s degree under Ron Copes at UCSB, Sally had the opportunity to work with violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Heiichiro Ohyama, Daniel Phillips, and Greg Fulkerson, under whom she gained her BM at Oberlin Conservatory. She has twice attended the Tanglewood Festival and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has also had the great fortune to work with violinists Gilles Apap, Joel Smirnoff, Mark O’Connor, Darol Anger, and Matt Glaser.  Sally had the distinct honor to work with the wonderful contralto, Dr. Victoria Hart.

While still completing her education, Sally joined the ranks of many of the wonderful musical establishments in the area, including the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, where she is Concertmaster, as well as performing and recording with many non-classical bands including the Gove County String Quartet, Headless Household, The Rite Bros., and her own jazz band, The Sally Cats, where she is the singer.

Currently residing and working in New York City, Ms. Barr is thrilled to be able to commute for performances with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. "Maestro Ohyama has had a tremendous influence on my career. I am proud to have been a part of this magnificent orchestra and eagerly look forward to making music with Maestro and SBCO for many years to come. For more information about Sally, please visit: