Sarah O’Halloran is an artist in residence at George Washington University in Washington D.C. She is also a doctoral candidate in Composition and Computer Technology at the University of Virginia. Much of her compositional work focuses on interactions between music, drama, and storytelling. Recent pieces have explored themes including Irish maritime folklore, the boundary between real and imagined sensation, and the whimsy and darkness of children’s stories. She is particularly interested in collaborating with other artists and scholars. She has a longstanding partnership with Margaret Schedel, and they compose and perform together as kite•string. In 2013 Sarah began working with playwright Colin Stanley Bell to create Stitching, a dramatic piece for singers, actors, instruments and multimedia.
Her music has been performed at international events including MATA Interval (New York), the International Computer Music Festival (New York 2010, Ljubljana 2012, Perth 2013), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), and Ostrava Days (Czech Republic). Her work has been played by ensembles including Dither, VERGE, Ensemble MAE, SEM Ensemble, Princeton Laptop Orchestra, and orkest de ereprijs.