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Sarah Kirkland Snider

Born: 1973

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Shervin Lainez


Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as "rapturous" (The New York Times) and "poignant, deeply personal" (The New Yorker). Her current projects include Forward Into Light, an orchestral commission for the New York Philharmonic premiering on their season finale concert in June 2020, and Tongue of Fire, an opera about the visionary 12th-century abbess and composer Hildegard von Bingen, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and premiering at the Prototype Festival in January 2022. In 2020, Nonesuch and New Amsterdam Records will release Snider's third LP: Mass for the Endangered, a 2018 work for chorus and ensemble that appeals for parity, compassion, and environmental stewardship through the prism of species extinction and endangerment.

Snider's compositions have been commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic; San Francisco, National, Detroit, Indianapolis, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras; the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, American Composers Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; percussionist Colin Currie, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and vocalist Shara Nova; and eighth blackbird, The Knights, Ensemble Signal, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth, among many others. Her music has been heard at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and London's Wigmore Hall, and at the Big Ears, BAM Next Wave, Cross-linx, Aspen, Ecstatic, and Sundance festivals. Penelope and Unremembered, her first two LPs, earned critical acclaim from NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Pitchfork. She is a founding co-artistic director of New Amsterdam Records, a non-profit record label based in Brooklyn, New York. Her music is published by G. Schirmer, Inc.

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