New Strings instructor brings a wealth of experience in music
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sarah Klein, the new Strings instructor for Sulphur Springs ISD, demonstrates her craft by playing her cello for one of her students at the school.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

Nov. 6, 2005 -- With the size of Sulphur Springs Strings Program increasing, director Terry Vosse found meeting all instruction needs herself a taxing task.

This year, the program, which initially began at the elementary level and now serves those same students in high school, had to be limited to aspiring musicians in grades 4 and up. With enrollment in the program still spiking at nearly 200, the daunting task of teaching all students at all schools became even more difficult for Vosse. 

That's why school officials finally posted earlier this year an opening for another full-time position for a Strings instructor at the start of school.

The timing could not have worked better. It came just as accomplished instructor and musician Sarah Klein had vacated a teaching post of 22 years to move with her husband, who recently became dean of arts and science at Texas A&M University-Commerce, to Texas.

"I love it here. The people are really cool!" Klein gushed of her new home in Northeast Texas, specifically Hopkins County.

"She is such a blessing," said Vosse. "She is an expert on cello and bass, and will help round out our program. We have had more interest in cello and bass this year."

Klein's tasks will include instruction in bass and cello, as well as working with Vosse to conduct sectional rehearsals with small groups, and large group instruction at middle school, high school, Travis and Bowie Elementary schools and Douglas Intermediate.

Students receiving instruction from Klein can expect to add the five Cs — curiosity, communication, caring, confidence and consistency—  to the usual reading, writing and 'rithmetic.

"If I can instill these qualities in all my students, my students learn more and teaching is fun," Klein said of her philosophy. "These five Cs are fundamental to my teaching, and by helping my students discover and learn about them, I am constantly learning with my students and finding my days exciting and rewarding."

The new Strings teacher brings with her more than 30 years teaching and musical experience, and is very distinguished.

She obtained her bachelor's degree in music from San Francisco State University in June 1968, then went on to obtain a California Standard Elementary Teaching Credential from SFSU in June 1970. She will soon earn a bachelor of arts in education degree from California State University-Stanislaus, in Turlock, Calif.

She most recently taught doublebass or low strings music at CSU Stanislaus, a position she has held since 1983. She also taught first grade, 2/3 combination, third grade, classroom music and instrumental strings at Cloverland Elementary School in Oakdale, Calif., beginning in 1983 through this year.

Her other teaching credits include Gifted And Talented Education teacher for grades one to six at Fairview Elementary School at Modesto City Schools in Modesto, Calif., from 1982-83; teacher/director of Oakdale Preschool in California from 1978-1982; and third grade teacher, Sunnyside Elementary School in Los Osos, Calif., from 1970 to 1974.

Klein's professional bass teachers have been primarily Charles Sinani of San Francisco Symphony, Stuart Sankey of Julliard School of Music, and world renowned bassist Gary Karr.

Her association with Karr also includes managing Gary Karr's doublebass company, Amati Productions, as well as the organizing and managing his summer camp, Karr Kamp, since 1983. She has served as director and assistant director at the Karr Kamp, a music program at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, for 18-25 doublebass players ages 18 to 74 from countries all over the world since 1982.

Klein's most recent CD was also a recording of bass duets with Gary Karr for American String Teachers Association. She has also worked closely with the famous bassist in the writing and editing of three volumes of "The Gary Karr Doublebass Method."

Klein performed with Young Audiences of America from 1967-1970, with Virtuosi of San Francisco from 1967-1970, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockton Symphony Orchestra, and was the principal bassist with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 2005. She is also a frequent soloist, chamber musician and symphonic player.

Also to her credit, Klein has two years of service as executive director of the California Orchestra Directors Association.

Although she has yet to find a group with which to perform locally, she fully intends to continue playing for audiences.

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