About Sarah

Sarah Hutchings is a composer of operatic and orchestral works, sought after for her lyricism and captivating musical energy. Recently hailed by the Washington Post for her “appealing…sinuous…” musical flavor, creating scores that capture the essence of dramatic subjects and multifaceted ensembles.

Her works have been performed and commissioned by Washington National Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, vocalists of the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, CCM Philharmonia, the Prague Talich Chamber Orchestra, Florida Chamber Ensemble, Manchester Symphony, Houghton Symphony Orchestra and the Alleghany Chamber Ensemble.

In 2015-16, Sarah is Composer in Residence with Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative program, and will premiere a song cycle for baritone and piano at Eastman School of Music. Other projects include a CD recording on Naxos Records of her song cycle for soprano: Vestige of a Woman and other songs for soprano and piano. Future collaborations and commissions in 2016-17 include an orchestral commission with Manchester Symphony entitled Grassroots. Recent residencies and collaborations include the comedic opera, Rodman in North Korea, with librettist Mark Sonnenblick, which received a workshop premiere in 2015 and was selected as a Finalist in the 2015 American Prize competition. The workshop premiere of scenes from the opera, Styria, were performed at the John Duffy Institute in 2013.

Sarah has previously apprenticed composer Ricky Ian Gordon while assisting the workshop of Gordon’s opera, Morning Star, as part of the Opera Fusion program at Cincinnati Opera, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has also apprenticed composer Carlisle Floyd during his residency at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Sarah Hutchings was also a Composer Fellow in 2013, working under composers Michael Ching, Charles Wourinen and Libby Larsen during her residency at the John Duffy Composers Institute.

She continues to stage direct and has appeared as an Assistant Stage Director for a production of An American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2014, working with composer Tobias Picker, librettist Gene Scheer and director Peter Kazaras. Previous stage direction credits include two seasons at Cincinnati Chamber Opera, directing productions of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Haydn’s il mondo della luna, and with Houghton Lyric Theater, directing productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Schwartz’s Children of Eden and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Sarah has received awards from the American Prize Competition, the ASCAP Morton Gould Composers Competition, the NATS ArtSong Composition Award, Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Competition, Women in Music, Columbus, Florida State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in Composition and Theory from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial and Electronic Music from Western Carolina University.

She has studied with composers Libby Larsen, Michael Ching, Ricky Ian Gordon, Ladislav Kubik, Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Mark Connor, and Clifton Calendar.

Sarah lives in New York state with her husband, Mitchell Hutchings.