Kenneth Sarch and Elio Villafranca acknowledging the bravos in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

after the world premiere of Villafranca's "Cinque".  Sarch conducted the Orquesta Sinfonica

Juvenil and Elio played solo piano September 11, 12, 13 2015.                                                                      Kenneth Sarch performs Mendelssohn Concerto with OSJ 2013        

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 and conducting the  Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil he founded in Santa Cruz, Bolivia  to include the South American premiere of  Villafranca "Cinque" and Mary Lou Williams "Zodiac Suite"  with Internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Elio Villafranca September 11, 12,and 13.  Ken was invited by American String Teachers Association (ASTA)  to present his Session "The Bouncing Bow Strokes" at the ASTA National Conference held in Tampa March 2 - 5. Ken presented his Session "101 Ways To Teach Vibrato" at the ASTA Conference in Salt Lake City last year to much acclaim.

- by Dennis Miller - Mansfield University Director of Public Relations


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

MAY 2 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor - Symphony Ball Concert

JUNE 22 - 26 - Faculty - Lycoming College Chamber Music Festival - Coach ensembles, Faculty Recital

JULY 25 - Invited Guest  Violinist - Falling Waters for Chorus and Orchestra by Will Wickam, Watkins Glen, New York

SEP  11, 12, 13 - CONDUCTOR - ORQUESTA SINFONICA JUVENIL, Santa Cruz, Bolivia with Jazz Pianist Elio Villafranca  World Premiere Villafranca "Cinque" Mary Lou Williams "Zodiac"

SEP 28 - CONCERTMASTERForte Concert with  Orchestra, Mark Jelinek, Conductor - Feature event at Bloomsburg Fair 7:30 PM

OCT 6 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Young Person's Concert  10 AM - Mitrani Hall

OCT 21 - Invited Clinician - Lycoming College Community Orchestra, Workshop "Playing the Bouncing Strokes" String Workshop - Williamsport, PA 7:00 PM

NOV 6 - PRINCIPAL VIOLA  - Lycoming College Choir and Orchestra, Chris Jackson, conductor : Mozart Requiem Clark Chapel, Williamsport   7:30 PM

NOV 8 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Grieg, Dvorak, Sibelius - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM

NOV 13, 14, 15 - Invited Guest  Violinist - Menotti's "The Consul", Mansfield University Opera Production, Young Sook Kim, Conductor

DEC 4 - CONCERTMASTERWilliamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Kent Weaver, conductor : Handel Messiah St. Marks Lutheran Church   7:30 PM 

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

DEC 20 - CONCERTMASTERShikshinny Choir and Orchestra, Rafael Micca, Conductor, 1st United Methodist Church - Holiday Program   6:00 PM


FEB 18 - VIOLIN RECITAL - Thursday Morning Music Club, , Clemens Center, Elmira, New York - with pianist Yvonne Mitchell-Sarch  Brahms, Dvorak, Bloch and Wieniawski  10 AM

MAR 2 - 5 - INVITED CLINICIANASTA NATIONAL CONFERENCE - Tampa, Florida   Session titled "The Bouncing Bow Strokes"

APR 8  - CONCERTMASTERWilliamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Kent Weaver, conductor : Williamsport,  St. Marks Lutheran Church   7:30 PM

APR 10 - CONCERTMASTER - Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra, David Tedford, Conductor - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto, Charisse Baldario, soloist - Mitrani Hall  2:30 PM PM


Updated October 5, 2015   *Throughout the webpage, internal links are brown  and external links are green.