Viola Faculty


Carrie Davids

Junior Session

BM, Eastman School of Music

MM, Manhattan School of Music

Joined LMC Faculty in 2019

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I am a professional violist based in the NYC area (though soon to relocate to upstate New York!). I began playing viola at the age of 6, going on to attend the HARTT School of Music Community Divison, Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music (BM '13) and Manhattan School of Music (MM '16). My primary teachers have included Melinda Daetsch (former LMC Viola Faculty Member), David Holland, Carol Rodland and Karen Ritscher. 


As a chamber musician, I have studied with many world-renowned chamber ensembles, including the Ying Quartet, Kopelman Quartet, American String Quartet and the Emerson String Quartet. I was a participant the in the 2017 Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University, winner in the 2016 FUCHS Chamber Music Competition and featured on the 2010 Eastman Chamber Honors Recital. I also enjoy playing "avant-garde" music and repertoire written by living composers, having been featured in many world premieres, Chautauqua's first ever "Inter-Arts Collective," and a residency with Higher Ground at the United Palace Theatre in NYC. 

As an orchestral player, I was recently the finalist for the Glens Falls Symphony Principal Viola position, where I hold tenure as a section player. I am a substitute violist for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Westchester Symphony, Symphony in C, and most recently, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a teacher, I am on the faculty at Larchmont Music Academy and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

Luzerne Music Center was the place (many years ago!) where I fell in love with the viola and decided to pursue music as my career. I am excited, therefore, to help all students find their love for music and begin to find its place in their lives, wherever that may take them. 

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

A student of the Karen Tuttle lineage, I am a firm believer in tension-free playing and finding a strong, personal connection with your instrument in a physical and emotional way. Because every person is different, approaches will vary, but we will work together to find the best setup, practice plan and balance that is right for you! Through weekly viola ensemble/studio class (which I can't wait to implement!), we will get to know one another a lot better and ultimately develop skills that will help us play better as a section. This will be done with physical warm-ups, scales and scale variations, listening exercises and even some viola-specific ensemble repertoire. Viola is fun and music is about connection and positive development, and I look forward to helping each student begin/continue their journey along that path! 


Laura Manko Sahin

Senior Session

BM, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

MM and AD, Boston University

PhD, Bilkent University

Joined LMC Faculty in 2016

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

Laura Manko Sahin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She was formerly the Principal violist of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, violist of the Boston Harp Trio, and a member of the Bilkent (Ankara, Turkey), Knoxville, and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras. 


Dr. Sahin currently lives in West New York, New Jersey, where she is on faculty at Skidmore College, Montclair State University – Extension Division, and New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Hubbard quartet, and substitute with the Phantom of the Opera Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. 


This summer is Dr. Sahin's fifth summer on viola and chamber music faculty at Luzerne Music Center. She is also a resident artist at the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival in Cape Cod, MA. Dr. Sahin completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Music from Bilkent University as a student of Ece Akyol. She earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Boston University as a student and teaching assistant of Michelle LaCourse and Bachelor of Music Degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student and teaching assistant of Sheila Browne. 


What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

Teaching at LMC is one of the highlights of my year. I love being able to solely focus on helping students make music in the middle of the gorgeous Adirondacks. Everyone affiliated with Luzerne shares the same vision - to learn, foster, and grow with their musical voice. It is truly a gem!


What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

Being a violist at LMC is all about supporting one another, both musically and socially. As a studio, we work on scales, etudes, tons of fun exercises, and our amazing viola repertoire! We will have weekly studio/technique classes where we can share our explorations on our instruments. We will continue our annual Viola Power Hour, a concert filled solo and ensemble viola rep!