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Sarah Quartel

‘Sarah Quartel is a brilliant composer and clinician who sees the world, and singers themselves, more deeply than most. Her pieces have become many of our choir's favourites, perhaps because her music is a reflection of herself, emitting an energy that draws people in. In just a few minutes with our choristers, Sarah had every eye shining with a new sparkle.   ’
Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director Hamilton Children’s Choir and High Park Choirs of Toronto

Sarah Quartel is a Canadian composer, conductor, and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. Having received her first composition award at the age of 8, Sarah celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to high quality repertoire and engaging music education. Sarah's choral works are performed by children, youth and adults throughout North America and her curriculum documents are used to connect the excitement of choral festivals with meaningful classroom learning.

Sarah's compositions have been featured by groups such as the National Youth Choir of Canada, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and the a cappella group Rajaton. Other credits include: funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada; Composer-in-Residence for the women's vocal ensemble Project Sing!; works recorded on multiple commercial releases; and a host of choral commissions and performances including those by award winning Canadian conductors Zimfira Poloz and Brainerd Blyden-Taylor.

Sarah became a conductor with Viva Children's Choirs in 2011, and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events throughout Canada.

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