Sara Penny

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Industry Education
Location Cedar City, Utah, United States
Introduction Sara Penny directs Suzuki Strings Cedar City, teaches private violin and viola lessons, is on the Cedar City Arts Council Board, and is the administrative assistant for the Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU). She is a past president and manager of OSU. She plays viola for both OSU and the Southern Utah String Quartet. Sara founded a Music Festival in 1983 in Cedar City which has now become the Southern Utah String Festival, Piano Music Festival, and regional Orchestra Festival. The American String Teachers Association, Utah Chapter, recognized her as the Educator of the Year in 2005. She earned a BA from the University of Utah. She has also been recognized with the Utah Humanities Council Mayor’s Award and the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts. Before returning to Utah Sara taught high school photography and journalism and then hosted a classical music radio morning show on the NPR affiliate in Beaumont, Texas. Sara started playing the violin at age 8 under R. L. Halversen. Other teachers included Norma Lee Madsen Belnap and Eduard Schmieder. She is married to Desmond Penny and they have two children and four grandchildren.