After three years of unfulfilled piano lessons, Sarah Izen finally began playing the violin at age seven. She was hooked on strings and picked up the viola a few years later at twelve. Growing up in Chicago, Sarah was active in orchestras and chamber music throughout her youth, participating in the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an intensive competition quartet program. Sarah earned her BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she participated in the orchestra and chamber music programs, performing as a soloist in the spring of her senior year. Since graduating in 2011, Sarah has worked in neuroscience research at McLean and now Boston Children’s Hospital. Sarah regularly plays with both the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Fusion String Ensemble, and occasionally substitutes with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. She couldn’t be happier to have found such a great community of musicians!