Meet Sarah Seltzer, Our New Intern!
A picture of new LAJS intern Sarah Seltzer, standing in an archway in a green dress while holding her violin.

Photo Credit: Yrene Ramirez

We are extremely excited to welcome Sarah Seltzer, our new intern for 2022!

A lifelong musician and budding administrative professional, Sarah is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, summa cum laude, under the tutelage of Dr. Lorenz Gamma. During this time, she served as a member of the CSUN Symphony, regarded as one of the finest university orchestras in the Western United States, under the batons of Dr. John Roscigno and Tomasz Golka.

Sarah’s ethnic Jewish background continues to be a source of inspiration. Her recent senior recital featured pieces with Jewish themes alongside standard classical repertoire. In addition, she spent a semester passionately studying the history of Sephardic music, culminating in the completion of a research project overseen by CSUN faculty ethnomusicologist Dr. Ric Alviso. She was also active in CSUN’s Hillel chapter, Hillel 818, where she was a foundational member of the Judaism, Songs, and Stories fellowship.


Sarah received her early music education at Hamilton High School’s Academy of Music and Performing Arts magnet, where she performed as a member of their top choirs led by Kelci Hahn, as well as in orchestras, in venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. As a public school student, she benefitted from LA Opera and LA Master Chorale outreach programs. Before transferring to CSUN, Sarah studied violin with Emilia Simeonov at Los Angeles City College’s Herb Alpert Music Center, where she was chosen as a recipient for a full tuition scholarship as a Herb Alpert Scholar. The Los Angeles City College Foundation granted her further merit-based awards to attend a Flamenco intensive in Madrid, Spain.

In addition to performing, Sarah’s knack for thinking analytically has opened doors, allowing her to gain experience in arts administration, event production and community outreach.

Sarah’s internship is made possible by a generous grant from Los Angeles County Arts & Culture as part of their 2022 Arts Internship program, which provides internships for nonprofit performing, presenting, film, media, literary, and municipal arts organizations. A huge thank you to them for their continued support.