Sadie Hamrin


Bemidji, Minnesota

McGill University, Master of Music, 2024
Baylor University, Bachelor of Music, 2022

Sadie Hamrin is currently a substitute musician in the New World Symphony, recently earning her master’s degree at McGill University, where she studied with Axel Strauss and Violaine Melançon. She previously studied with Patricia Shih and Bruce Berg at Baylor University, where she was named the Outstanding Graduating Instrumental Performer, was a violinist in the Waco Symphony, and ran Division I athletics. In her free time, she loves to exercise, draw and paint, be outside, and enjoy time with friends and family.

What inspired you to become a musician?
My older sister started playing the violin when I was 3, and it was probably a mix of curiosity and competitiveness that made me say “that looks fun, mom can I have one too??” Although I ended up quitting for many years, I ended up coming back to it because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Shostakovich and Mahler – I just feel so connected to the complexity of emotions that they’re able to capture.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I take a lot of joy in naming every instrument I’ve had (my current violin’s name is Vivian Rose).

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Running! But honestly just being outdoors.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I love the NRO because it’s a summer of playing wonderful music in one of the most beautiful places. There’s such a good energy from both the musicians and the conductors we work with, and it also gives us a taste of the professional world while allowing us to take chances and build up our repertoire.