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Long Bio


SARAH GRACE GRAVES, Houston-based singer-composer, favors an experimental approach to composition, continually modifying her compositional process to create different results, from a tightly-spaced section that breaks into episodes that re-form into something new (4-Tiger), to a meditative piece born from improvisation (Genesis), to two simultaneous parallel fantasies on two different melodic fragments (Portrait). She wrote her newest piece 4-Tiger for a recording session with the “L’Histoire” chamber ensemble Deviant Septet. It was premiered by the Shepherd School of Music student-run contemporary music group Hear and Now in January 2017. Sarah-Grace is currently working on a saxophone quartet to be workshopped by the Kenari Quartet in April 2017.

 

In the spring of 2016 she worked with Abigail and Norman Fischer to create Spring, a piece that evokes the end of a thunderstorm using dramatic shifts in timbre. In 2015, she won the Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer Contest for her choral piece chiaroscuro. chiaroscuro speaks to our need to affirm both darkness and light in the world, in art, and in ourselves. Additionally, Houston Grand Opera’s initiative HGOco commissioned her to write Change Came into Our Houses (2015) for a collection of songs about civil rights. The text for Change Came into Our Houses comes from an interview with civil rights activist Unita Blackwell, in which she reflects on the personal changes she experienced as a result of her work enacting social change.

 

In October 2016, Sarah-Grace collaborated with another composer-performer, D’Aria Tennikova-Šatral, in performing a recital of songs for voice and piano. There she premiered her work Genesis, a two-movement not-quite-vocalise/not-quite-song for which she also wrote the text. In November, she and Tennikova-Šatral performed the piece again and premiered Molly Turner’s Three Songs for Soprano. Other performance credits include the premiere of experimental duo Lucky Dragons’ Neglected Treaty for voices and multimedia at Fotofest 2016 and Apogee, a companion piece to sculptor and experimental musician Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra. Apogee was composed and performed in collaboration with Grinnan, Molly Turner, and Jennifer Lenardic.

 

Sarah-Grace grew up in an active-duty military family. At age five she convinced her parents to let her take piano lessons. In high school, she fell in love with singing and composing and has been doing both ever since. In 2014, she began her studies at Rice University. She plans to finish her undergraduate studies in May 2018. Sarah-Grace has studied composition with Anthony Brandt, Shih-Hui Chen, Richard Lavenda, Stacy Garrop, Stas Omelchenko, Janet Peachey, and Jennifer Jenkins Quinones. She studies voice with Karol Bennett. In addition to composing, Sarah-Grace plays the accordion.

 

Short Bio

 

Houston-based singer-composer SARAH GRACE GRAVES favors an experimental approach to composition, continually modifying her compositional process to create different results, from a tightly-spaced section that breaks into episodes that re-form into something new (4-Tiger) to two simultaneous fantasies on two melodic fragments (Portrait). She wrote her newest piece, 4-Tiger, for a recording session with the “L’Histoire” chamber ensemble Deviant Septet. It was premiered by the Shepherd School of Music student-run contemporary music group Hear and Now in January 2017. In 2015, she won the Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer Contest for her piece chiaroscuro, for SSAA choir and narration. In March 2015, HGOco, a division of the Houston Grand Opera, commissioned her to write the piece Change Came into Our Houses for a concert of songs on the theme Civil Rights: Then and Now. She is currently working on a saxophone quartet to be workshopped by the Kenari Quartet in April 2017. Her performance credits include a solo vocal recital featuring her work Genesis alongside songs by Purcell and Fauré, the premiere of Lucky Dragons’ Neglected Treaty for voices and multimedia at Fotofest Biennial 2016, and Apogee, a companion piece to Los Angeles sculptor and experimental musician Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra. Sarah-Grace began her undergraduate studies in music composition at Rice University in 2014. She has studied composition with Anthony Brandt, Shih-Hui Chen, Stacy Garrop, Richard Lavenda, Stas Omelchenko, Janet Peachey, Jennifer Jenkins Quinones, and Paul Coleman. She studies voice with Karol Bennett.

 

Mini Bio

 

Houston-based singer-composer SARAH GRACE GRAVES writes experimental chamber music. As a singer, she particularly enjoys writing for the voice, and she performs a number of her compositions. She is pursuing her B.Mus. in Music Composition at Rice University.

To download press materials (headshots, bios, CV, and works list), e-mail me at sgg4@rice.edu.