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Dubbed “a serious talent to watch” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, pianist and composer Sarah Gibson debuted with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2005 alongside Donald Runnicles. Sarah received a B.M. in piano and composition at Indiana University with high honors and a M.M. in composition at the University of Southern California where she was named Outstanding Graduate. Currently a doctoral candidate in composition with minors in Theory, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, and Conducting at USC, Sarah has been a Teaching Assistant for the Contemporary Music Ensemble Thornton Edge, for Theory and Aural Skills, as well as Assistant to Frank Ticheli in the Junior Composition Class. Currently, Gibson holds a post-doctoral teaching position teaching Freshmen Theory and Aural Skills at USC.
As a composer, Gibson has received recognition including the Victor Herbert ASCAP award, NFMC Marion Richter American Music Composition Award, and first place in the 2010 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. She has attended many summer programs including the Music Academy of the West as a collaborative piano fellow, FUBiS with Samuel Adler in Berlin, and the Music10 Festival where she collaborated with members of eighth blackbird as both a pianist and composer. Gibson has performed with and had compositions performed on From the Top, by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, the L.A. Composer’s Project What’s Next? Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, USC Thornton Edge, the USC Symphony, the L.A. based concert series: New Music’s New Home, and at various venues across the United States and in Europe. Sarah passionately and frequently performs and premieres new works both as a pianist and conductor and has done so since high school. Most recently, Sarah wrote the piano reduction for Stephen Hartke’s Clarinet Concerto, published by Keiser Classical. She is also published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Mostly Marimba Productions. Sarah’s principal composition teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Don Freund, Sven-David Sandström, and Claude Baker. Her principal piano teachers have included Evelyne Brancart, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, and Jonathan Feldman.