Happy 2016! After a busy holiday season, we’re spending January rearranging our set lists, practicing, recording some new arrangements by Shaina, and launching our new video series!

Shaina, Rachel, Sarah, and Crystal
Shaina, Rachel, Sarah, and Crystal recording new arrangements in the studio

For six weeks, we’ll be releasing one of your favorite tunes every Thursday. Check our blog on February 4 for our first release, and stay tuned for updates on performances, recording sessions, and beyond!

Happy holidays everyone! It’s been a busy one for Eclecta – from Google’s holiday party to outdoor caroling to church services, we’ve been performing throughout the Bay Area bringing a little extra light to the festivities.

Have a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Heather and Shaina at Google
Enjoying some sun before the show
Shaina and Heather at Google's Annual Holiday Party
Shaina and Heather at Google’s Holiday




Walnut Creek
Sarah, Mia, and Shaina in Walnut Creek

Hailing from Del Mar, California, Sarah Dabby is a violinist, violist, and key business contributor for Eclecta Quartet. Here, she describes her musical background, influences, and minor superpower.

Sarah Dabby
Sarah Dabby
How long have you been playing your instrument?
Since I was seven years old.

Where did you attend school?
Princeton University, BA in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

If you could time travel, what year would you hang out in?

Proudest musical moment?
Performing with The Family Crest at an intimate, off-the-grid house concert in Austin, TX during the South by Southwest Festival. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work, and our chemistry with the audience was insane.

Greatest influence(s) musically?
Stephane Grappelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Devotchka, Milo Greene, Radiohead, OK Go, Simon and Garfunkel, folk music (especially Russian, Eastern European, and Israeli), Zakir Hussain

Minor Superpower?
The ability to sleep on airplanes.

Guilty pleasure pop song?
“Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.

Other groups you’re involved with?
The Family Crest, Deltron3030, and a lot of freelance work.

Anything Else?
When I’m not performing, I’m the Head of Talent for ClickTime, a small San Francisco-based tech company.