Sabrina Bradford is a violinist from Washington, DC, and a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her Master of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Rose. Prior to attending CIM, she received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University, studying with Dr. Carolyn Huebl.
As a teacher, Sabrina firmly believes that each student is unique and deserves a tailor-made approach to learning in order for them to best succeed at their goals, whatever they may be. Her lesson plans are individualized for students’ learning style and interests. She believes in providing a positive, supportive environment where her students feel safe and encouraged to take risks, make mistakes, and excel. Sabrina works with both the student and their parent(s) to help them come up with a plan to meet realistic and achievable short-term and long-term goals. She believes in teaching with love, patience, and gratitude.
Sabrina has worked with violin students of a wide age range and levels, from children as young as three to 17-year olds interested in pursuing a music degree at the undergraduate level. She has experience teaching private lessons and group classes. Additionally, Sabrina is certified by the Suzuki Association of America to teach Book 1 private and group lessons. In the past, she also has offered specialized, one-time lessons for students interested in receiving extra preparation and feedback for upcoming orchestra auditions and competitions. She has a well-rounded background in orchestral, solo, and chamber performance, and has used this experience to help coach orchestra sectionals and chamber rehearsals at regional summer festivals such as the National Philharmonic Summer String Institute, as well as the Blair Precollege Program at Vanderbilt University.
Sabrina has played regularly as a substitute with the Nashville Symphony since 2017. She has frequently sat in leadership positions in orchestras both while in college and outside of school, and has attended prestigious summer festivals such as the National Orchestral Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she received the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestral fellowship two years in a row. She has also served as a section violinist for Nashville Opera, Gateway Chamber Orchestra, and played for Ocean Way studios in Nashville, TN, where she recorded soundtracks for movies, video games, and televised advertisements.
Sabrina has played in masterclasses for renowned violinists such as Robert Chen,
Pamela Frank, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Martin Chalifour, Soovin Kim, Zoya Leybin,
Charles Wetherbee, Jennifer Ross, and Rachel Barton-Pine.
Sabrina plays on a 1998 violin by Tschu Ho Lee on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading.