Sara Behar has been a violist in the Long Beach Symphony since 1986. Her violin accomplishments include Pasadena Symphony, Tanglewood Institute, and Congress of Strings where she was concertmaster under Daniel Lewis. Her viola accomplishments include the Long Beach Opera, Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble, and solo appearances including “Harold in Italy” with the Beach Cities Symphony, and a recital with Zita Carno, former pianist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Behar has studied with fine teachers including Manuel Compinsky of “The Compinsky Trio”, Glen Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Alan De Veritch, former principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sara’s education includes California Institute of the Arts, (performance), California State University Northridge, (performance, child development), and California State University Long Beach, where she specialized in Music Therapy. Sara has been teaching violin and viola at all levels for over twenty five years, and uses her diverse education to create a unique personalized experience for her students. She has also worked as a Music Specialist in pre-schools and elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. Sara has written and composed “song stories” in which she uses the violin as her accompaniment, integrating these stories into her Music Specialty work.