Meet Chromatic’s founder and director, Dr. Sarah Wittekind

Dr. Sarah Wittekind (Macey), an accomplished violist, is an active recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician, recording musician, adjunct professor, and music teacher living in the Chicago area.  She is currently in-demand as a viola and violin instructor and performer. Dr. Wittekind earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She offers local in-person lessons when safe to do so, as well as video lessons worldwide.

While attending CCM she studied with Dr. Catharine Carroll-Lees.  Dr. Wittekind received her Bachelor of Music from Butler University where she studied with Richard Auldon Clark.  She has also studied with Masao Kawasaki, Larry Shapiro, and members of the Ariel Quartet.  In addition, she has participated in masterclasses with Kate Lewis, James Dunham, and Spencer Martin.

Dr. Wittekind has given several solo recitals and performed with many chamber ensembles in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Montreal, and Chicago.  She has enjoyed many performances with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, she served both as principal and assistant-principal viola in the Butler Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s Philharmonia.  Dr. Wittekind has also been a member of L’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal, Quebec.  During her time in that ensemble, she was principal of the viola section and recorded a CD of works by Montreal composer, Airat Ichmouratov.  Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Wittekind was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as the CYSO’s Chamber Players program.  She also participated in the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival for two consecutive summers.  Dr. Wittekind has been featured on radio stations such as WFMT, WGUC, and CJPX.  During her doctoral studies, Dr. Wittekind transcribed Dvořák’s Romance in F minor for Viola (originally for violin).  The piece has since been published on the International Music Score Library Project’s website- imslp.org. 

Dr. Wittekind has extensive experience in teaching both at the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels.  She served on the faculty at CCM as an Adjunct Professor of Viola where she instructed  private lessons to undergraduate and graduate students, formulated courses, coached chamber ensembles, and advised independent studies.  Prior to that position, Dr. Wittekind was a graduate assistant to the viola studio at CCM where she taught scales and technique lessons to undergraduate and graduate students.  Additionally, Dr. Wittekind has maintained a full studio of pre-college students with Cincinnati Strings and City Strings.  She previously taught with the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) in Indianapolis, Indiana and independently in Chicago.  Dr. Wittekind has also spent many of her summers teaching for string camps with upwards of 120 students.  Dr. Wittekind is dedicated to string pedagogy and being the best educator possible.  During her doctoral degree, she specialized in pedagogy and andragogy- which helped her realize her goal of teaching and achieve her dream of establishing the Chromatic Music Conservatory.