Sarah Gibson - Composition Faculty

Sarah Gibson is a composer, pianist, conductor, and educator who has been called “a serious talent to watch” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her works have received recognition including the Victor Herbert ASCAP award, NFMC Marion Richter American Music Composition Award, and first place in the 2010 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. Gibson has performed with and had compositions performed by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, members of eighth blackbird, the L.A. Composer’s Project What’s Next? Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, USC Thornton Edge, the USC Symphony, and at various venues across the United States and in Europe. In 2013, Sarah wrote the piano reduction for Stephen Hartke’s Clarinet Concerto, published by Keiser Classical. She is also published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Mostly Marimba Productions. In 2005, Sarah debuted with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Runnicles. Most recently, Sarah co-founded a cutting-edge piano duo, HOCKET, with fellow pianist/composer Thomas Kotcheff. In 2014, HOCKET made their professional debut with Firebird Ensemble as part of their Outstanding Young Artists Initiative and recieved the 2015 Presser Music Award from the University of Southern California. They have also been fellows at the Bang on a Can Music Festival @ MassMoCA and held residency at Avaloch Farms Music Institute.
Sarah received Bachelor of Music Degrees with high honors in Piano and Composition from Indiana University, a Masters of Music degree in Composition at the University of Southern California where she was named Outstanding Graduate, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition, also at USC, with minors in Collaborative Piano, Theory, and Conducting. Currently, she is a Lecturer in Theory and Aural Skills at USC and also Teaching Artist for the esteemed Composer Fellowship Program and Associate Composer Program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Artistic Director, Andrew Norman.  

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