Sarah Kirkland Snider, guest composer

Sarah Kirkland Snider

Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “ravishing” (The New York Times) and “haunting” (The Los Angeles Times) works have been commissioned and performed by the New York, San Francisco, National, Detroit, Indianapolis, and North Carolina Symphonies; the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, American Composers Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; percussionist Colin Currie, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and vocalist Shara Nova; eighth blackbird, The Knights, Ensemble Signal, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth, among many others.

Her music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall, and at festivals including Big Ears, BAM Next Wave, Cross-linx, Aspen, Ecstatic, and Sundance. Her two orchestral song cycle records, Penelope (2010) and Unremembered (2015), graced Top Five lists on NPR, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Time Out New York.

Recent and upcoming projects include Mass for the Endangered, for Trinity Wall Street Choir and NOVUS NY; Embrace, a 40-minute orchestral ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet; and O Ecclesia, an opera co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects.

The winner of Detroit Symphony’s 2014 Elaine Lebenbom Award, Sarah’s music has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Opera America, New Music USA, the Sorel Organization, and the Jerome Composers Commissioning Fund. A co-founder and co-artistic director of Brooklyn-based non-profit New Amsterdam Records, Sarah has an M.A. and A.D. from the Yale School of Music and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Her music is published by G. Schirmer.

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