October E-News

Greetings from the east coast (I’m on the road!) Excited to share several updates with you:

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I released a new single! Stream or purchase my Pachelbel’s Canon in D Harp Trio via AmazonMusic, Spotify, AppleMusic, iHeartRadio, Pandora, YouTubeMusic, and many more platforms… (*If you cannot find the track on your platform at your storefront of choice, please check back again soon! Often it takes several days or weeks for new releases to publish across all sites.)

For those seeking copies of my earlier albums (songwriting EPs Ophelia’s Song and Puzzle Pieces plus film-scoring and concert music EP Overture to an Adventure), visit the same platforms listed above for streaming and digital downloads, or order physical copies of CDs here.

Girondines production photos by Julie Smith

On Friday October 21st, Girondines began its premiere weekend run with Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO). Girondines, based on historical fact, is a new opera in English which focuses on the story of French Revolutionaries who presumably knew one another, met in secret before the Reign of Terror, and supported one another during the political upheaval. All six of the revolutionaries are women, and of these, three are guillotined and three live. I composed the opera’s score and crafted electronic soundscapes to intertwine with the music; for this concert opera premiere production, I am the pianist, music director, and technical director. Our stellar cast includes Girondines librettist and WCO Artistic Director and co-founder, Kirsten C. Kunkle as well as WCO Executive Director and Co-founder Marisa Robinson. Kirsten and Marisa originated the roles of Charlotte Corday and Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier, respectively; a full Cast list is included below.

To get a preview of the music itself, you can watch short clips from rehearsals on Instagram in the music section of my channel highlights or on my Facebook page. I expect you will particularly enjoy this video from when our librettist (and amazing soprano!) Kirsten rehearsed one of her arias in the role of Charlotte Corday with piano, violin, and cello earlier this week. Finally, Kirsten and I are so grateful that OperaWire interviewed us earlier this week about writing a feminist opera – hope you enjoy reading the interview! For any folks involved with voice, opera, theater, musical theater, or other performing arts venues, companies, festivals, or university programs, please let me know if you are interested in exploring opportunities to have your own reading, concert, or staging of Girondines.

Our final performance is TODAY at 2pm EST (11am PST)! If you will be attending in person, I look forward to seeing you at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant located at 503 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE 19809. The performance is free and open to the public (no tickets required). Due to historical content, we recommend the opera for ages 13 and up. If you are unable to see attend this opera concert in person today, our production team will have a live stream option for today’s performance which you can watch via YouTube. Shortly before the show begins, you can tune in to watch from any laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Please be advised that livestream disruptions are possible, but it is our team’s hope and expectation that today’s digital presentation will run smoothly.

*Who’s Who in our WCO Premiere Cast*

Evening Cast: On Friday, October 21st + Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm:

  • Charlotte Corday……………………………….Kirsten C. Kunkle : instagram * web
  • Olympe de Gouges…………………………………Ashley Becker : instagram * web
  • Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze LavoisierMarisa Robinson : instagram * web
  • Madame Manon Roland………………Alyssa Maria Lehman : website
  • Madame Germaine de Sta√ęl……………Raffaella Lo Castro : instagram * web
  • √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun……………….Tracy Sturgis : instagram * web

Matinee Cast: On Sunday, October 23rd at 2pm:

  • Charlotte Corday………………………Suzannah Waddington : instagram * web
  • Olympe de Gouges………………..Laurice Simmons Kennel : instagram * web
  • Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier………Alyssa Brode : instagram * web
  • Madame Manon Roland…………………………..Allison Deady : instagram * web
  • Madame Germaine de Sta√ęl…………..Kaitlyn Beth Tierney : instagram * web
  • √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun……………………..¬†Annie Gill : instagram * web
*WCO Premiere Also Features*
  • Pianist/Music Director/TD……………………Sarah Van Sciver : instagram * web
  • Piano understudy……………………………………..Tom Fosnocht : instagram
  • Cellist………………………………………………………..Melissa Brun : instagram * web
  • Cello understudy………………………………..C√©sar Colmenares : instagram
  • Violinist…………………………………………………….Thuy Nguyen : instagram
  • Violin understudy……………………………Caroline Stephenson
  • Stage Manager……………………………….Johanna Lynn Jones
  • Photographer……………………………………………….Julie Smith

Wilmington Concert Opera, an exclusively woman- and minority-run company, was founded on principles of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility.

For anyone seeking a creative collaborator for music, audio, video, web/graphic design, sound, songs, jingles, film, theatre, piano, harp, ukulele, voice, a cappella, mentorship, lessons, etc., I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about how I can help!

September E-News

Greetings from sunny Southern California! Excited to share several updates with you:

October 21-23, 2022, Girondines, a new opera about six women from the French Revolution, will be premiered in Delaware with Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO). WCO Artistic Director and co-founder, Kirsten C. Kunkle, wrote the libretto, and I composed the music (and will be the pianist and music director for this premiere production) and have programmed electronics for soundscapes to intertwine with the music. Our stellar cast includes WCO Executive Director and Co-founder Marisa Robinson originating the role of Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier and Kirsten in the role of Charlotte Corday. I hope you RSVP, follow the project, and learn more via Eventbrite or Facebook. You can RSVP to let us know to look forward to seeing you there *or* you can RSVP that you are Unable to Attend if you want to be kept posted about the project (for instance, if a live-streaming option becomes available for any of the performances, we will be sure to email pertinent information to anyone who has selected the ‘keep me informed’ option.) Kirsten and I were recently interviewed about Girondines for those wondering what to expect at the premiere.

Girondines production photos by Julie Smith

Earlier this month, I began working in a new role at the California Institute of the Arts as a Life and Work Advisor for the Patty Disney Center for Life and Work (a.k.a. CalArts Career Services) within the Institute’s Office of Student Experience. As an artist, educator, and CalArts alumna (MFA Music, Performer-Composer ’16), I am proud to empower fellow CalArtians to bolster and balance creative careers making art, making a living, and making a difference in my new role.

Meanwhile, I continue to write, arrange, record, and produce scores, songs, sound, video, and visuals for film/TV, theatre, dance, concert, opera, studio album, and commercial productions. I perform as a vocalist, pianist, harpist, ukulele player, and conductor/music director and mentor aspiring, emerging, and established artists. It is exciting to build momentum more and more on these fronts in the aftermath of the early days of the ongoing pandemic. For any of you seeking a creative collaborator for music, audio, video, visual/graphic design, sound, songs, jingles, lessons, mentorship, etc., I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about how I can help!

Wishing you and yours an awesome autumn ahead!

Cheers,

Sarah

June Newsletter

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Hey there,

Hope your summer is sensational! Enjoy these snapshots of my ongoing and upcoming projects.

Cheers,

Sarah


ARTICLE PUBLICATION:

AWN MUSIC IN ANIMATION

Today on the first day of this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, the Animation World Network released its second annual special print edition of ANIMATIONWorld Magazine. I wrote an article concerning the festival’s featured “Music in Animation” programming.

You can download a free PDF copy of the complete magazine, here. My article appears on pages 17 and 18 of the PDF (magazine pages 33-35).


SCORE & SOUND:

A STORY I WILL NEVER TELL

I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with fellow CalArtian Smita Minda on her first short created for the BFA Character Animation program. Check out additional score and sound productions on my film page.

Check out the short, here:


MUSIC & LYRICS:

PETER & IONA

Among ongoing musical theatre projects is fantasy adventure “Peter and Iona,” chock-full of magic, music, mystery, romance, and rebellion.¬†Writers Patrick W. Phillips & Sara Elizabeth Woodard are responsible for its sensational script while I pen lyrics and music. Below are four¬†live acoustic demo recordings of the¬†show’s songs, with a new song¬†added since the last newsletter. The added track is “Obvious/Free Fall.” Stay tuned for more demos and announcements!¬†They will be posted alongside other projects¬†on my¬†music for the stage¬†page. Learn more about the project and its team, here.


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July Newsletter

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Hey there,

Several exciting projects and events to share… if you’ll be in LA or Philly for them, hope to see you there!¬†Always seeking creative collaborators, so please send them my way!¬†And feel free to drop a line through the link at the bottom of the page.¬†Enjoy the rest of your summer days!

Cheers,

Sarah


SCORE & SOUND:

STRANGE AS ANGELS

It is such a pleasure working with Born Lucky Studios (Emily Gallagher & Austin Elston), whose newest film Strange As Angels features original score and sound by yours truly. The half-hour film, which Emily aptly describes as “David Lynchian,” stars Emilie Krause, Kate Raines, and Alex Bechtel. You’re invited to join me and the creative team behind the film for an evening of screenings at L’Etage in Philadelphia on August 15th– hope to see you there! The event is open to the public, and you can RSVP (free), here. Check out additional score and sound productions on my¬†film page.


MUSIC & LYRICS:

PETER & IONA

Among the musical theatre projects on which I am hard at work is a fantasy adventure, “Peter and Iona,” chock-full of magic, music, mystery, romance, and rebellion.¬†Writers Patrick W. Phillips & Sara Elizabeth Woodard are responsible for its sensational script while I pen its¬†lyrics and music for a charming cast of characters. Below are two live acoustic demo recordings of the¬†show’s songs, with a new song¬†added since the last newsletter. The added track is the show’s “Opening Narration.” Stay tuned for more demos and additional announcements coming soon!¬†They will be posted alongside other theatre projects¬†on my¬†music for the stage¬†page. Learn more about the project and its team, here.



UPCOMING WORKSHOP:

COPYRIGHT FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

You’re invited to join me for a workshop as copyright is defined, demonstrated, and discussed in the context of creating, protecting, and respecting original works of art in all mediums. Explore step-by-step registration instructions and discover answers to questions like:

  • how do copyrights work?
  • can copyrights protect my art and my ideas?
  • what do I do if my art was created collaboratively?
  • how much do copyrights cost?
  • what about “fair use” or mailing my art to myself and leaving it sealed?

I’m thrilled to have this workshop at Thymele Arts, launched by fellow CalArts alumnus John Henningsen. Thymele offers collaborative workspaces for LA artists, designers and arts managers; it is a membership-driven live event community that provides members access to rehearsal rooms, meeting space, private desks, studios, and event space for the development of new work. Refreshments will be provided at the talk. RSVP (free), here.


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May Newsletter

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Hey there!

Many songs, scores, and sounds to share, spanning the screen and stage. Always seeking creative collaborators, so please send them my way! Would love to hear your thoughts Рyou can click the contact link at the bottom of the page. Hope that you enjoy and have a lovely day.

Cheers,

Sarah


SCORE & SOUND:

TWO NEW SHORT FILMS

It is with great pride and excitement that I¬†unveil two new short film collaborations, “Max” by Minkyu Kwak and “Grim” by Torey Bangi. Minkyu is a current student at the California Institute of the Arts, and Torey¬†graduated last year from¬†the Laguna College of Art and Design. “Max” follows an unexpected afternoon in the life of a humorous horse with handsome¬†hand-drawn animation, and “Grim” trick-or-treats through a haunted Halloween evening in a charming town created with stunning¬†stop-motion. As music composer¬†for both shorts and sound creator¬†for Minkyu’s film, I hope you enjoy watching these¬†and others¬†on my¬†film-scoring page.


MUSIC & LYRICS:

PETER & IONA

Among the musical theatre projects on which I am hard at work is a fantasy adventure, “Peter and Iona,” chock-full of magic, music, mystery, romance, and rebellion.¬†Writers Patrick W. Phillips & Sara Elizabeth Woodard are responsible for its sensational script while I pen its¬†lyrics and music for a charming cast of characters. Below is a live acoustic demo recording of me singing one of the¬†show’s song, “Magic,” as well as our official poster. Stay tuned for more demos and additional announcements coming soon!¬†They will be posted alongside other theatre projects¬†on my¬†music for the stage¬†page. Learn more about the project and its team, here.


CONCERT COLLABORATIONS: BAND, ORCHESTRA, & OPERA

This spring, I was lucky to perform in three concerts by friends at¬†the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts: Maryam Mirbagheri, Jaron Crespi, and Alysha Aurora. For Maryam’s concert¬†which stitched together songs and stories, I sang backups for Maryama Band as we performed her original jazz¬†music ‘with a hint of Persian spice;’¬†for Jaron’s interdisciplinary show “Ancient Fire Seed,” a storytelling odyssey traversing multiple¬†genres, moods, and instrumentations, I sang¬†in his chorus among the backing band, a funky world/rock fusion chamber orchestra; for Alysha’s original opera theatre work “the Midnite Theater,” I played harp alongside the program’s composer-pianist Diana Cioffari as singer-narrator Alysha guided the audience through dark reinterpretations of classic fairytales.¬†Watch these¬†and other¬†shows on my¬†performer page.

Maryam Mirbagheri – Recital ~ Begin at 1:00.

Jaron Crespi – Recital ~ Begin at 1:16:00.

Alysha Aurora РRecital ~ Begin at 1:12:00


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Fifty Days at Iliam – This Weekend!

This weekend, don’t miss the Philly Fringe production of “Fifty Days at Iliam.”

What is “Fifty Days at Iliam,” you ask?
It is a Philly-based theatre ensemble, devising a play exploring the Trojan War/inspired by Cy Twombly’s “Fifty Days at Iliam.” It is led by my sister, Hannah Van Sciver.

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Photos by Dave Garrett Sarrafian 
It just opened, last night, to rave reviews. Tickets are sold out, but you can still see the show for $5/each Рstanding room, at the door!
“Fifty Days at Iliam” incorporates my original music, and the production features a wonderful cast and crew.¬†I am thrilled to have been involved.
Remaining Shows
at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 4th @ 8pm
Sept 5th @ 7pm, & 9:30pm

Cast
Joseph Ahmed
Elizabeth Audley
Richard Chan
Amanda Jill Robinson
Megan Slater
Hannah Van Sciver

Crew
Director: William Steinberger
Sets, Projections, Costumes & Properties: Sara Outing
Lighting Design: Eric Baker
Movement Coach: Nicole Quenelle
Choreographer: Joseph Ahmed
Composition: Sarah Van Sciver & Amanda Jill Robinson
Music Direction: Amanda Jill Robinson
Stage Management: Kat Kelly

Check out the paintings: http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/85709.html
Check us out in Classicizing Philadelphia: http://classicizingphiladelphia.blogs.brynmawr.edu/2015/07/31/fringe-2015-the-conversation-continues/

RSVP and Invite Friends on Facebook

Fifty Days at Iliam on Facebook * the Philadelphia Fringe Festival * Phindie Review * Phindie Interview * Rep Radio Interview *  the Philadelphia Inquirer Pre-Press * Hannah Van Sciver

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“Election Day in New York City” awarded in American Songwriter Lyric Contest

“Election Day in New York City” was given¬†Honorable Mention¬†by American Songwriter magazine during¬†their September/October¬†Lyric Contest!!

About the Contest: here

My award page: here

Listen to the song: here

Check out the album “Ophelia’s Song”:¬†here

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Thank you to everyone at American Songwriter who supported my song!

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists in the competition.

And thank you to my band and team who recorded on “Ophelia’s Song.”

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New Recording: “Third Planet from the Sun”

Give a listen to “Third Planet from the Sun:”¬†

featuring string students and faculty of CalArts, conducted by Mark Menzies.

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Here is a clip of the live recording session at R.O.D. at CalArts:

I put this together¬†for Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick’s Writing for Strings¬†course, last semester.

Enjoy!

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New Film / Score: “Seven Minutes”

Check out this new film,

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Emily Johnson’s thesis¬†film at CalArts.
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I contributed original music to the movie. Enjoy!

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Watch other films made by CalArtians, this year: vimeo.com/channels/calartscharanimfilms2015

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Concert Announcement: today! Michael Skloff recital at CalArts

Michael Skloff MFA Graduation Recital:

a concert of original pieces and arrangements by Michael Skloff

today, May 9th

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern

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Out-of-town? Can’t make it to CalArts campus? Watch the concert *live* on the¬†ROD Webcast.
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I am performing in four pieces: “After All,” “Face and Grankie,” “Overcome,” and “You Can Leave Your Hat On”

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New Film / Score: “Insomnibaa”

Check out this new film,

“Insomnibaa”

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Michelle Lam’s first-year film at CalArts.

A young girl’s sheep plush comes to life in the middle of the night.

Watch other films made by her classmates: vimeo.com/channels/calartscharanimfilms2015

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Concert Announcement: Sarah Van Sciver MFA Performer-Composer Recital – this Sunday @ CalArts

MFA Mid Res Recital

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Out-of-town? Can’t make it to CalArts campus?

Watch the concert *live* on the ROD Webcast.

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RSVP and spread the word on Facebook

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Concert Announcement: this Sunday! Jesse Vandenkooy Recital @ CalArts

Putting Words in Your Head:

a concert of original pieces by Jesse Vandenkooy and Kelly Furniss

this Sunday, Feburary 22nd

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

8PM Pacific/11PM Eastern

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Out-of-town? Can’t make it to CalArts campus? Watch the concert *live* on the¬†ROD Webcast.
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I am performing in a¬†choral piece “Clocktower,” composed by¬†Jesse.
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Upcoming Gig! TOMORROW 2/17 @9:30pm ~ VAUCLUSE LOUNGE

Singer-Songwriter Set @ Vaucluse Lounge

piano-vocal covers and originals

Tuesday, February 17th

Vaucluse Lounge, North Hollywood

9:30 pm

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Food, drinks, entertainment. 18+
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8210 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90046
(323) 656-6196
RSVP and spread the word on Facebook

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Concert Announcement: today! OK Composer @ CalArts

OK Composer:

a concert of original pieces by current CalArts students

today – Sunday, January 8th

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern

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Out-of-town? Can’t make it to CalArts campus? Watch the concert *live* on the¬†ROD Webcast.
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I am performing in an choral original piece “–ď—Ä—É—Ā—ā–Ĺ–į—Ź –ó–Ķ–ľ–Ľ—Ź” composed by my friend Luke Morin.
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