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Sarah Quartel

b. 1982

'Her compositional style has an energetic, contemporary flavor to it, and her works typically embrace sweeping, charming melodies supported by a fresh, harmonic language.'

Choral Journal

'A brilliant composer and clinician who sees the world, and singers themselves, more deeply than most.'

Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director Hamilton Children's Choir

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Composer News

In 2021, OUP released a new collection of choral music by contemporary women composers, Breath of Song, compiled and edited by Sarah Quartel.

Sarah has completed a piece on behalf of Chorus America, for a consortium of choirs. After the Rain sets a poem by Chief Dan George, for upper voice choir and will be premiered over the summer and fall of 2021 by each choir.

Sarah's piece Amabile Alleluia is being recorded by Stay at Home Choir as part of their very first Album Project, due for release in November 2021, involving an international virtual choir of 100s of singers.

Composer Biography

Sarah Quartel is a Canadian composer and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. She celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to engaging repertoire and transformative musical experiences. Deeply inspired by the life-changing relationships that can occur while making choral music, Sarah writes in a way that connects singer to singer, ensemble to conductor, and performer to audience.

Although she has been a full-time composer since 2017, Sarah chooses to remain connected to her past as a music educator and is a guest teacher in her hometown of London, Canada. Sarah continues to work as a clinician and conductor at music education and choral events at home and abroad.

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