Sarah Hutchings, composer

Sarah Hutchings is a composer of operatic and orchestral works, sought after for her lyricism, captivating musical energy and sure approach to dramatic musical works. Sarah was 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 2017-18 include an orchestral commission with Manchester Symphony entitled Grassroots, a west coast premiere of an orchestral piece entitled, Orca, and an upcoming premiere of a brass chamber piece entitled, Mount Hood. 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. Her works have been performed and commissioned by vocalists of the Metropolitan Opera, and orchestras, such as the Stuttgart Philharmonic, CCM Philharmonia, members of the Prague Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Chamber Ensemble, the Manchester Symphony and the Alleghany Chamber Ensemble. She has previously apprenticed composer Ricky Ian Gordon, working on his new opera, Morning Star, in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera, and 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. Sarah Hutchings has appeared as an Assistant Director for a production of An American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2014 working with composer Tobias Picker and stage 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 and Schwartz’s Children of Eden. Awards include Finalist in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, Finalist in the Opera America Female Composers Grant Submissions, Finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Composers Competition, winner of Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November competition and Women in Music, Columbus, call for scores. She was also chosen as a recipient of Florida's State University's prestigious alumni recognition award, called 30 Under 30 in 2013. Sarah Hutchings 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.

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Kim Jung Un's aria from the opera, Rodman in North Korea. Performed by counter tenor Ray Chenez, as Kim Jung Un, baritone Carl DuPont, as Dennis Rodman.