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Arlington violinist earns awards
ARLINGTON — At the age of 18, homeschooled Arlington violinist Sarah Hall’s second live performance on KING FM 98.1 on Friday, May 24, was but the latest accomplishment in a short but fruitful life of accolades.
Hall was one of the top 11 finalists in the 2013 KING FM Young Artist Awards, and was named the upper division winner for ages 14-20, which afforded her up to 22 minutes of performance time that evening on the air, after she’d already been broadcast by the station on May 3.
According to proud mom Carla Hall, Sarah’s career as a violinist began when her grandparents, Tom and Barbara Hall, presented her with a 1/16th-scale violin for her fourth birthday.
From there, Sarah made her solo debut at the age of 10, with the Port Gardner Bay Chamber Orchestra, after winning the Snohomish County Music Teacher’s Association Concerto Competition.
At the age of 14, Sarah was the 2009 MTNA Washington State and Northwest Division Junior String winner, and performed in the MTNA National Competition in Atlanta, Ga., receiving third place.
Sarah was also one of 36 finalists in the 17th National Solo Competition of the American String Teachers Association, which took place April 7-8 in New York City, and she won first place in the junior division.