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Sarah Gorak (Schmidt) began her musical journey in her elementary school orchestra program in Renton, Washington. She then furthered her interest in private violin lessons with Sara Roark (former Concertmaster of Village Theatre) and Gwendolyn Taylor (Associate Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony). In 2013, she graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education and her K-12 teaching certification with specializations in Instrumental, Choral, and General Music. Her primary instrument during her undergraduate studies was the violin and she studied with Carrie Rehkopf Michel and Heather Netz (now staff at Idyllwild).
Sarah has filled many elementary through high school music ensemble instructor roles over the years. She was an active staff member in the CWU Preparatory Strings program and she was nominated as employee of the year in 2012. She student taught with Kara Hunnicutt (principal cellist of the Yakima Symphony and conductor of the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony) for the Ellensburg School District orchestras grades 2-12. She also did a short practicum with Cherrie Adams at Graham Hill Elementary in Seattle.
Her primary passion is interacting and engaging with children, and music is her vessel. She has extended her experience beyond musical instruction and into venues such as the YMCA, day camps, country clubs, church youth programs, afterschool programs, and being a child care provider. While she is passionate about working with children, she also enjoys instructing youthful minds of adults. Her goal for all students is for them to all find their child-like yearning to learn and be creative.
Sarah strongly believes in being a lifelong student so she enjoys pursuing learning other fiddle styles, improvisation, and other instruments. She is currently pursuing studying with renown jazz violinist Christian Howes and cellist Greg Byers. She enjoys collaborating with local Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky musicians in non-classical settings.
Sarah enjoys staying connected to the culture of her birthplace (Hawai’i) through hula dancing - she used to compete with halau Na Hanu ‘O Ku’uleialoha. She also loves spending time with her husband, violist Peter Gorak, and her cat.
Vincent Alex Hisle
Vincent Alexander "Alex" Hisle is an award-winning Percussion and Music Educator/Performer/Recording Artist from the OH/KY/IN tristate area. Vincent attended Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts as a Music Education and Performance major, earning his B.M. in 2016. While pursuing his Education and Performance F+Deree at Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts, Alex has studied and taught all string instruments including violin, viola, cello and bass.
Alex was fortunate to study with very high caliber teachers such as Dick Jensen, David Fishlock and Patrick Schlecker in the area of Classical percussion (all members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) He studied drum set wi5th Dan Dorff and Mike Meloy who both are well known performers and educators in the area. Scott K. Lang was his primary Percussion Instructor at the NKU School of the Arts. Mr. Lang is the Principal Percussionist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, a routine extra with the CSO, and performs regularly in Major theatre productions such as Wicked, Rent, etc.
As a performer himself, Alex has played drums and percussion in a variety of ensembles spanning many genres including the following: NKU Concert Band, NKU Symphonic Winds, NKU Percussion Ensemble, NKU Latin Jazz Ensemble, NKU Jazz Combo 3, NKU Philharmonic Orchestra, NKU Brass Choir, Kentucky Intercollegiate Percussion Ensemble (2012) / Selected Soloist (2015), CGOTH Gospel Choir, The Henry Fillmore Percussion Ensemble (local professional percussion ensemble), Star United (Star of Indiana alumni drum and bugle corps) 2014 1st place DCA national title, Lost In Holland (national indie act), The Scut Farkus Affair (local ska/reggae/rock act)
He is also an avid percussion educator and has been teaching percussion and string instruments since the summer of 2008, having taught over 15 local Cincinnati area drumlines and front ensembles. Hisle's teaching experience encompasses percussion ensemble, private drum lessons, private violin, viola, cello and bass lessons and the marching percussion idiom. Many of Alex's private students have made select bands, earned distinct ratings on solo and ensemble material, marched drum corps, have been finalists, or took first place in various high school level concerto contests.
Alex's favorite job as a musician is working one on one with students to develop their talents, and witness them grow as people and musicians themselves.