Sabrina Clarke, Composer

Photo Rachael Spiegel

Pianist, composer, and music educator, Sabrina Clarke recently earned her PhD in Composition with concentrations in both piano and teaching (Teaching in Higher Education certificate, 2014) from the Boyer College of Music, Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. Sabrina's compositional interests are varied, and include orchestral, choral, and chamber music. An avid researcher, her interdisciplinary work explores nonlinear time and intertextuality in the music of Luigi Dallapiccola. Sabrina's works have been performed internationally, at events and venues including the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, and the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in NYC. Her projects have involved collaborations with various distinguished artists, including harpsichordist Joyce Lindorff, choreographer Megan Mizanty, flutist Cynthia Folio, and mezzo soprano Katherine Crawford, and ensembles such as Network for New Music, the Temple University Concert Choir, the Temple Composers Orchestra, the Azimuth Quartet, the Temple University New Music Ensemble, the Westminster Symphony Orchestra (MD), and McDaniel College Concert Choir. From 2013-2015, Sabrina served as president of ConTemplum, Temple University's student chapter of SCI. ​​In 2012, Sabrina earned her Master of Music ​degree in composition from Temple, where her teachers included Maurice Wright and Cynthia Folio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theory and composition (2010) ​with concentrations in creative writing and piano from McDaniel College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and as a College Scholar. She is an alumna of the Hood College Music Preparatory, as well as the European American Musical Alliance's summer composition program held at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where she studied with composer Michel Merlet. Sabrina enjoys teaching undergraduate theory at Temple, and also provides private instruction in piano and composition.

​​​​​​​Recent works include: Storybook Songs (soprano and chamber ensemble); Gallant (Mis)adventures in Quixotism (chamber orchestra); Counting Tomatoes (solo viola); To a New Beloved (mezzo soprano and flute); For Emil (flute, alto saxophone, cello, piano); Zephyr Fantasie (string quartet); Adagio for chamber orchestra; Sinfonietta for wind symphony; Serenade for String Orchestra and Harp; ​Chipped Wings (SATB choir/piano)

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Gallant (Mis)adventures in Quixotism
2014 Temple Composers Orchestra conducted by Dr. Adam Vidiksis. April 22, 2014: Chapel of Four Chaplains, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia. 2015 Sabrina Clarke, ASCAP
And Sunshine Came Along
Written for Network for New Music's Caffeinated Composer Project 2014. Guillaume Combet, violin and Matt Bengtson, piano.