Sarah Elizabeth Haines is a New York City-based violist, violinist, vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and performer, currently playing violin and viola for the national tour of Hamilton.
Pretending to Sleep, her first record of original music under her own name was released November 8th, 2019. Most of the songs on the album were written and given their final touches while on the road, and a few of the songs even utilize the vast talents of the string quartet with whom she tours to add an extra lushness to the already harmony-rich soundscape. Combined with her searing, honest lyrics and carefully spare production (masterfully done by Kevin Salem), the record is one to watch out for. More info is available in the "Projects" section of this site.
Other bands of varying genre with whom she performs include the contemporary classical ensemble Contemporaneous, Bellehouse, Emanuel and the Fear, and Kenyon Phillips and the Ladies in Waiting. She has done string arrangements for various singer-songwriters in NYC including Mackenzie Shivers and Nikkie Macleod. Sarah also made her solo debut with the Chelsea Symphony premiering Michael Boyman's Viola Concerto in 2017.
Sarah has also toured with Les Miserables, and Todd Almond’s Kansas City Choir Boy. Other theatre credits include Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (sub, viola), Beardo (Violin), Iow@ (Viola), and Hadestown (2014 workshop, Fate/viola).