Sarah Shellman, Principal Second


The Emily R. Nelson Chair Given by Duke Energy

Sarah Shellman is currently principal second violin with The Florida Orchestra; she joined the ensemble as a section violinist in 2002. She has appeared as a soloist on the TFO Masterworks series performing Michael Abel’s Delights and Dances (2022), Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor (2021), Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor (2020), Anna Clyne’s The Seamstress (2019), Thomas Ades’ Violin Concerto “Concentric Paths” (2011). She’s also been featured on Coffee series programs performing “Winter” and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s A Four Seasons and Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.

During the summers Sarah performs as Principal Second Violin of the Bellingham Festival of Music (Bellingham, WA) and as a member of the first violin section at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz, California). She is an advocate for the performance of works by living composers as well as for the expansion of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the classical music profession.

Sarah graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in music (violin performance and musicology) and the University of Houston in 2000 with a master’s degree in music (violin performance). While living in Houston, she played with the Houston Grand Opera, Ars Lyrica, Houston Ballet, and as a freelance musician.

When not involved with musical endeavors, Sarah is known to bake obsessively, serve as a board member for a small animal rescue (First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary), and spend quiet time recharging with her family of seven cats and husband Greg.