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Sarah Fraser Raff


Sarah Fraser Raff

Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music
RCM Certified
RCM Examiner
Juno nominated chamber violinist and a member of the College of Examiners. Sarah Fraser Raff has been a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music for over 20 years. Limited teaching is available this academic year and she also offers video exchange and exam preparation. Japanese instruction is available. A founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet and ensemble, Sarah has been travelling regionally and internationally since 2001 with a roster of collaborators such as Sopranos Adrianne Pieczonka and Measha Brueggergosman and pianist Jan Liseicki. Festival appearances include the Festival of the Sound, Guelph Fest, Elora, Festival Ibero Americano (Puerto Rico), Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, TSO New Creations, 21C at Koerner Hall. She has appeared at numerous universities including but not limited to U. of T., Brock U, Guelph U, Waterloo U, McMaster U., Lakehead U, York, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Performed at MIT, MassMOCA, Huddersfield New Music Festival (UK), Bang on a Can (New York) Museum of Modern Art, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre, and Columbia University Miller Theatre and Open Ears Festival as a member of Contaqt New Music Ensemble since 2002. Has also performed with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, Tapestry New Opera, Arraymusic, Soundstreams Canada, Esprit Orchestra, and major musicals as a freelance violinist. Collaborated on many recordings, including the Juno-winning classical composition of the year Bestiary I & II by Bekah Simms. Sarah's students have been accepted into York University and McGill University, WLU and U. of Toronto Faculty of Music. She has thirty years of experience teaching adults and children in both Canada and Japan. Has taught The Royal Conservatory Adult Chamber Orchestra and currently coaches Taylor Academy Chamber groups. Prepared students of all ages successfully at all grade levels of The Royal Conservatory Examinations, including prep level Gold Medal and grade 8 Silver Medal. Faculty of Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Camp, CAMMAC Ontario Music Centre, Aviva Young Artists and Kinkardine Summer Festival and Camp. Taught Taylor Academy String Masterclasses for Junior and Intermediate Strings and coach Senior Strings chamber groups. Sarah has also presented workshops for composers at the University of Toronto, York University, Music Gallery, Array New Music Centre (both as Artists-in-Residence), Canadian Music Centre, Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, Guild of Canadian Film Composers, and Puerto Rico Performance Workshop.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Violin

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • Music school
  • Online
  • Oscar Peterson School (Toronto)
  • Teacher's home
  • Teacher's studio

Specialist designation

  • Theory - Elementary
  • Theory - Intermediate
  • Violin - Advanced
  • Violin - Elementary
  • Violin - Intermediate


  • 2000 - Master - University of Toronto
  • 1998 - Artist Diploma - Royal Conservatory Glenn Goild School
  • 1996 - Bachelor's - Toho Gakuen school of music university

Professional development

  • Suzuki teacher training - Book 1-4 - 2001

School Associations

  • Canadian Music Centre - National
RCM Credentials
RCM Certified
RCM Examiner