Sarah Hersh is an Atlanta-based composer and new music advocate who is particularly interested in promoting the work of women composers.
“I am participating in the Wilderness Act Performance Series because it is so important to bring awareness to our world’s natural beauty. It makes perfect sense to me to celebrate Wilderness through art. Both are extremely powerful with the ability to be beautiful and terrifying, often at the same time. Even when we can’t truly understand either, they are both wonderful to experience.
It has always been rejuvenating for me to be in nature. I do my best thinking and feel the most creative when I’m taking a walk outside, usually alone. It clears my head, reminds me that there are things much bigger than me, and allows me to experience awe in my everyday life—even when I’m just admiring the trees in my neighborhood.”
Sarah Hersh is an Atlanta-based composer and new music advocate who is particularly interested in promoting the work of women composers. She holds a BA in music from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and her Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Florida. She also studied composition at King’s College London and the Juilliard School, and participated in the soundSCAPE New Music Festival in 2010. Ms. Hersh’s work has been performed in the United States, Italy, and Scotland by a variety of performers and ensembles including Diagenesis, Duo46, the Florida Chamber Saxophonists, Out of Bounds Ensemble, and Terminus Ensemble. She is also a co-founder and contributing author for Alphabet Soup, a new music blog, and an Artistic Director of the Atlanta-based new music group Terminus Ensemble.
Recent commissions include Four for Two, a work for two alto saxophones that was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress by Jonathan Helton and Michael Bovenzi, and In Praise of Continuous New Dreams of New York City, for soprano and cello, premiered by the duo Diagenesis. Other recent performances of Ms. Hersh’s work include Terminus Ensemble’s performance of Everything I’ve Done Already is Everything I Already Do for marimba duo and several performances of her chamber opera Layover. Ms. Hersh’s composition teachers include Paul Richards, Phillip Rhodes, Paul Koonce, Conrad Cummings, and Roger Ames.