Dr. Sarch


Announcing the publication of                                                              COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ODYSSEY     

BEN FRANKLIN’S  MARCH, MINUET, and CAPRICCIO                for String Orchestra (Grade 3 1/2)                               

  Arranged for String Orchestra  (Grade 3) by  KennethSarch               with added tin whistle (flute), drum & singers                   

LUDWIG Master Series     Read more about it here.                                       KJOS Music Company                                               

  Read additional press coverage here  or here.    

                                                                                                                  AHLAN SABAYA ALFARAH  

                                                                                       String Orchestra (Grade 2 1/2)  with added drum & finger cymbals   

                                                                                                                       KJOS Music Company                                                                                       

 Upcoming KENNETH SARCH Career, Concerts and Events


Dr. Kenneth Sarch leaves a long legacy of accomplishments in the classroom and around the world.  The professor of music retired in May 2013 after nearly two decades at MU.  On campus, he built the symphony orchestra into a dynamic, full unit that impressed audiences and received well-deserved accolades and he started a String Chamber Orchestra.  He added flair to the performances with his showmanship and humor.

The Julliard graduate came to MU in 1995 to teach violin and viola and conduct. 

Over the years he was awarded two Fulbright Scholar Awards in music to teach, perform and conduct in Brazil and Bolivia, the 2003 PMEA Citation of Excellence in College Music Education and USIA Arts America Grants to Panama, Brazil, Jordan and Israel                                                                     

He was invited 12 times to conduct the Panama National Youth Orchestra Music Festival in Panama City. He founded and was the first conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and returned in August 2013 as Guest Conductor in a program of American music and Violin Soloist performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto to celebrate the orchestra’s 10th anniversary and in September 2014  to conduct the South American premiere of Mary Lou Williams .

In the U.S, Ken presented Recitals, String Workshops, Master Classes and Clinics at state, regional and national music conventions, universities and music schools.  He has done numerous guest conducting appearances at District, Regional, and All-county orchestras in 12 states, as well as fulfilling international conducting and performing invitations in Brazil, Jordan, Israel, Venezuela, Bolivia, Panama and Puerto Rico.

He performed the world premiere of Panamanian composer Narcisco Garay’s  “Violin Sonata” written in 1901 and the Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata at the International Saint Malo Festival.

Ken served as president and state newsletter editor of the PA Delaware String Teachers Association and National String and Chamber Music Program Chairs for MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).  

He was Concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony for 14 years, as well as Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony and the New York Orchestral Society.

Ken’s publications reflect his scholarly curiosity and wide reach.  They include: “Colonial Williamsburg Odyssey,” for String Orchestra (six movements based on early American music); “Ahlan Sabaya Alfarah,” ( Arabic Dance for strings with finger cymbals and drum); “March, Minuet and Capriccio by Ben Franklin,” based on Franklin’s manuscripts; “The Rink and The Bank Robbery,” music for two of  Charlie Chaplin’s silent films.

Early in his career, Ken was Assistant to acclaimed violinist and teacher, Roman Totenberg, who died last year at age 101.

Though he’s “retired,” Ken shows no signs of slowing down.  A quick check of his website shows a full schedule of conducting and performing, and taking up the position as Concertmaster of the Bloomsburg Symphony in 2014-2015 and conducting the symphony orchestra he founded in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in September to include the South American premiere of Mary Lou Williams "Zodiac Suite" and "Boogie" with Internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Elio Villafranca.   

- by Dennis Miller - Mansfield University Director of Public Relations


JAN 20- FEB 2 - Invited Guest Conductor - National Youth Orchestra of Panama XXVIII Campamento Musical held in Panama City, sponsored by the Panama National Concert Association – 5 concerts (Coronado, El Valle, Colon, Panama City, Ciudad de Saber) World Premier of Sarch Orchestration of Garay CUMBIA Y CONGOS

JULY 21 - Violin Recital - GMEINER ART MUSEUM, Wellsboro, PA  3:00 PM Sunday Admission free:  Kenneth Sarch, violinist, Yvonne Mitchell-Sarch, pianist. Program:  MUSIC FOR BOLIVIA - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, pieces by Hovhaness, Kreisler, Sarasate and Wieniawski.

AUGUST 1 - 15 - Invited Guest Conductor and Soloist - ORQUESTA SINFONICA JUVENIL de SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA  - 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia celebrating 10 years of symphonic music in Santa Cruz de la Sierra with the orchestra founded by Dr. Kenneth Sarch in 2003! Program: MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto, GOULD American Salute, GERSHWIN American in Paris, COPLAND John Henry, Hoe Down, BERNSTEIN West Side Story, ELLINGTON Medley

SEP 28 - Violin / Piano Recital  Fulbright Appreciation - Saint Paul College Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota  7 PM with pianist Daniel Rieppel

                     Fulbright Musical Journey - Garay Sonata (Panama), Schubert Serenade (Vienna), Auza Campina Sucrense (Bolivia),

                                           Milhaud-Heifetz Scaramouche (Brazil), Copland Hoe Down (United States)

OCT 1 - Concertmaster - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra YOUNG PERSON CONCERT, Mark Jelinek, Conductor  Bloomsburg University

OCT 20 - Principal 2nd - Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Williams Payn, Conductor - Opera Gala Weis Music Center, Lewisburg, PA

NOV 10 - Concertmaster - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor Works by Lopresti, Copland

                                               Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University 2:30 PM

DEC 6 - Concertmaster  - Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Kent Weaver, Conductor - Holiday Concert 7:30 PM

                                                     Trinity Episcopal Church, Williamsport, PA


FEB 21 -  Invited Orchestral Clinician- Bloomsburg University STRINGPOSIUM - Violin Sectionals and Technique Sessions

APR 4 - Invited Clinician - Penn State University String Pedagogy Class: 101 Ways To Teach Vibrato

APR 6 - Concertmaster - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor Works by Mendelssohn and Elgar

                                               Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University 2:30 PM

SEP 1 - 15 - INVITED  GUEST CONDUCTOR  - ORQUESTA SINFONICA JUVENIL de SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA   featuring the South American premiere of the MARY LOU WILLIAMS Zodiac Suite and Boogie for Jazz Piano and Orchestra with Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist ELIO VILLAFRANCA. Additional works include Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Desmond-Brubeck, and W.C. Handy. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.

SEP 12 - 20 - INVITED GUEST MASTER CLASSES in Violin and Viola - Santa Cruz, Bolivia in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, Universidad Escuela de Musica, Suzuki Institute and Orquesta Juvenil de Santa Cruz.

OCT 2  - VIOLINIST - Lou Harrison- "Varied" Trio for Piano, Violin and Percussion with Charisse Baldoria, pianist - Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University  8 PM

OCT 3 - CD RECORDING - Lou Harrison "Varied" Trio for Piano, Violin and Percussion with Charisse Baldoria, pianist

OCT 7 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra YOUNG PERSON CONCERT, Mark Jelinek, Conductor  Bloomsburg University

NOV 9 - 1st VIOLINIST  - Bloomsburg Chamber Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor - Bloomsburg University  2:30 PM

NOV 14, 15, 16 - CONCERTMASTER  Mansfield University Opera Production: AMAHL and the NIGHT VISITORS (7:30 & Sun 2:30)

DEC 6 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor 


JAN 8 - Invited Guest Composer - North Point Christian School Orchestra, Michigan (Via SKYPE) - performance of Sarch Ahlan Sabaya Alfarah, Aaron Tenney, Director

FEB 14  -1st Violinist - Bucknell Symphony Orchestra Chris Para, Conductor 

FEB 27 - Invited Orchestral Clinician - Bloomsburg University STRINGPOSIUM - Violin Sectionals and Technique Sessions

MAR 8 -CONCERTMASTER - HOBBS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, New Mexico - MOZART: Seraglio Overture, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony 40

MAR 19 - 21 - INVITED CLINICIANASTA NATIONAL CONFERENCE - Salt Lake City, Utah   Session titled "101 Ways To Teach Vibrato"

APRIL 12 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor - Wagner Meistersinger, Smetana Bartered Bride Dances, Rachmaninoff E Minor Symphony

SEP 9, 10, 11, 12 - CONDUCTOR - ORQUESTA SINFONICA JUVENIL, Santa Cruz, Bolivia with Jazz Pianist Elio Villafranca

NOV 2 - CONCERTMASTER - St. Boniface Church, Williamsport, PA, Gary Boerckel, Conductor - Mozart Requiem

DEC 12, 13 - CONCERTMASTER - Jubilante Choir and Orchestra, St. Marks Church, Bloomsburg, PA -, Alan Hack, Conductor - Holiday Program

Updated January 4, 2015   *Throughout the webpage, internal links are brown  and external links are green.