Sarah Wallin Huff

wallinhuff2Sarah Wallin Huff is our featured composer in 2021, providing us with an opportunity to present the World Premiere of her new string quartet, “Wabi-Sabi.” She will meet with three of our quartets, providing a Master Class for each, to help them prepare Wabi-Sabi for performance.

Currently a music lecturer at California Polytechnic University of Pomona, she teaches “History of Technology in Music” and assisting with editing and production for the music department’s podcast #CPPMusicCouches. She received her M.A. in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, and she was the Professor of Composition and Advanced Theory (as well as conductor of the Chamber Ensemble) at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita from 2012 to 2016.

Wallin Huff has been a performer on the violin, viola, and 6-string electric violin since 1990. She has experience playing with diverse ensembles and performance as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as performing on various recording projects, large and small. Her original compositions have been performed throughout the States and abroad, including the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium in Devon, England and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Her work has been called “a stunning collection of gorgeous, orchestral selections…that are, at times, vividly haunting but always entirely engrossing” (Barbra Dillon); “…incredible depth and creative complexity” (Wesley Derbyshire); “Her music is quite complex and unusual and yet…very easy to absorb and appreciate” (Baby Sue); and “Sarah’s music has a classy, understated sound, yet it is baroque and ornate…A true masterpiece, with so many nuances” (ArtistRack). Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, orchestral concert pieces, and electronic work, as well as work for film and video games. While her sonic output crosses a variety of moods and styles, a common thread linking them all is what she calls “stream-of-consciousness composition,” in which every piece is built upon an enigmatic, underlying framework, from which the work fluidly evolves.

Ms. Wallin Huff began her participation in the CMIsc community as a high school student in 2000, working with an advanced quartet studying the Dvorak “American” quartet. Her summers with us continued through 2009, learning Ravel, Schumann and culminating in leading the Mendelssohn Octet. In 2010 she accepted our invitation to join the faculty and has created our new Composition Competition. Read more…

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