519-654-6677

©2019 by Choral Seas Press. Proudly created with Wix.com

45348672_10155820456731981_3393907720217
 

Sarah J. Coles (1967-) is a Canadian composer based in Cambridge, Ontario. At Wilfrid Laurier University, Sarah studied composition with Boyd MacDonald, Peter Hatch, and Glenn Buhr. She later continued her studies in Brandon, Manitoba with Pat Carrabre. Composition was slow for a number of years while Sarah raised three children, and she still considers her career to be at the ‘emerging’ stage. She holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Music from Western University.


Sarah is also a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, artist, and writer. Her experience playing saxophone with big bands has brought a jazz influence into her composition, which she plans to expand on.


Sarah’s creative endeavour of landscape oil painting has raised an interest in combining visual art with music through installation projects. Her music is often influenced by natural phenomena; landscapes, storms, bodies of water, and emotional journeys.


Her compositions for choirs, bands, and chamber groups have been performed in the US, Canada, and England.

 

MAJOR WORKS

 

SCATTERED FLURRIES

2019

Chamber music with a jazz influence, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.

RIDEAU RONDO

2019

Brass Quintet.
Written for the Manotick Brass Quintet.

I CAN'T COUNT THE TEARS

2019

Soprano and clarinet.
Text by the composer.

THE SKY REMAINS THE SAME

2019

SATB choir.
On the theme of resettlement, and home.

ON GREEN LAKE

2018

For concert band.
Premiered at the University of Windsor,
CMC score reading session.

THE OLD CASTLE

2017

A three movement work for young pianists.
 Premiered at ACWC piano concert, Conrad Grebel Chapel, University of Waterloo.

SATELLITES

2017

Saxophone quartet SATB.
Based on the idea of satellites in space communicating through their sounds.

CYCLES

2016

Grade 3 level concert band piece with a lively main theme, and contrasting slow theme.
Performed as part of the CMC/OBA Score Reading Session, London, March 2016

THE JEWEL OF WILMOT

2010

SA choral setting for young choir depicting the history of the Castle Kilbride.

I, SEA

2010

SATB choral work depicting the composer’s desire to be near the ocean. 
‘I’ is the only word in the piece, the rest of the vocalizations being ocean sounds.

A LULLABY

2001/2007

SATB choral setting of the text by James Agee.  Premiered in 2008 by the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir.

FIRE

2004

A challenging piano solo
Available in the store!

DREAMSCAPE

2003

Flute choir work for 2 picc, 5 flute, alto, and bass flutes. Features simple parts for beginning flutists with an overall dreamlike, minimalist effect.

ESSENCE

2000

Work for flute and piano in 5/4 time that cycles through the keys.

HERITAGE MARCH

1999

Quick march for band with fairly simple parts, especially for percussion.

ST. BARBARA MARCH

1999

Slow march for band names after the patron saint of the artillery.

PRAIRIE SUMMER NIGHTS

1997

Saxophone quartet SATB depicting a thunderstorm crossing the hot prairie on a summer evening, with light rain and flashes of lightning.  Delightful weather to experience!  The music aims to recount the mood and feelings of this event. Premiered at the "Night of 1000 Saxophones" in May 1998 at Central Washington University.  Also published through Dorn Publications.

ARRIVAL

1994

Orchestral work that recounts the emotional journey of giving birth.  Approximately six minutes long.

This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now