Sarah Wallin Huff

wallinhuff2Sarah Wallin Huff chairs our Composition Competition and has an active composition career. She performs with diverse ensembles and performs as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as participating on electric and acoustic violin and viola on various recording projects.

Having received her Master of Arts degree in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, from 2012-2016 Wallin Huff was the Professor of Composition and Advanced Theory (as well as conducting the Chamber Ensemble for three years) at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita. Sarah’s compositions have been performed throughout the States and abroad, including the Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and at the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium in Devon, England. Her work is featured on Navona Records’ “SOUL OF THE MACHINE,” a full album of her original music that explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity. The recording of her violin trio, “Counterpoint Invariable,” found on this album, appeared on the First Round Ballot for the 2015 Grammys for the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance. In addition to her previous collaborations for film and theater, Sarah composed and recorded a fifty-minute-long album of “Musical Response” works, in collaboration with author Jorge Armenteros for the release of his novel, THE BOOK OF I, in November 2014. Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, to orchestral concert pieces.

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…