‘Sarah Quartel is a brilliant composer and clinician who sees the world, and singers themselves, more deeply than most. Her pieces have become many of our choir's favourites, perhaps because her music is a reflection of herself, emitting an energy that draws people in. In just a few minutes with our choristers, Sarah had every eye shining with a new sparkle. ’
Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director Hamilton Children’s Choir
Sarah Quartel is a Canadian composer and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. She celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to high quality repertoire and engaging music education. Sarah's choral works are performed by children, youth, and adults throughout the world and her work as an educator connects exciting musical experiences with meaningful classroom learning.
Sarah regularly partners with ensembles worldwide on commissioning projects. In 2015, her work ‘Wide Open Spaces’ was commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association and received its premiere performance under the baton of Bob Chilcott. In 2017, her work ‘Snow Angel’ was performed at Lincoln Center in New York City by the National Children’s Chorus of the United States of America. Her compositions have been featured in numerous concerts, commercial recordings, and radio broadcasts internationally.
Sarah is a House Composer with Oxford University Press; an educator in Ontario, Canada; and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events internationally. She currently lives and writes in both Ontario and Hawaii.