Sarah Riskind, Assistant Conductor 2012 – 2015

Assistant Conductor 2012-2015 Sarah Riskind is an active choral conductor, composer, vocalist, and music educator.  She holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from WIlliams College. She began a DMA program at the University of Washington in Seattle in the fall of 2015.

Sarah RiskindAs a choral conductor, Sarah has directed the University of Wisconsin-Madison Masters Singers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women’s Chorus, The Walden School Women’s Chorus, The Walden School Treble Singers, and the Williams College Elizabethans. She has also served as assistant conductor for Schola Nocturna, the Williams College Concert Choir, and the Bennington Children’s Chorus. Her primary mentors have been Beverly Taylor and Brad Wells.  She directed the choral program at the First Parish Church of Berlin, MA, and was the assistant conductor for Convivium Musicum from 2012 – 2015.

Sarah’s compositions have been performed by the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the Williams College Symphonic Winds, the Williams College Elizabethans, the University of Wisconsin Masters Singers, The Walden School Women’s Chorus, the First Parish Church of Berlin Adult Choir, the St. Christopher Parish Liturgical Choir, and the Bennington Children’s Chorus.

Sarah recently directed and performed J. S. Bach’s Cantata 199 “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” as a soprano soloist with chamber musicians. She has also been a member of Convivium Musicum, Schola Nocturna, Spectrum Singers, Seraphim Singers, the University of Wisconsin Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir, the Williams College Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and The Walden School Chorus and Chamber Singers, and was the soprano section leader at the St. Christopher Catholic Parish in Verona, Wisconsin.

Sarah was the Middle and Upper School Music Teacher at the German International School of Boston and a Teaching Fellow with the Boston Children’s Chorus. For four summers, Sarah was on the Faculty and Staff at The Walden School, a unique five-week summer camp in New Hampshire that develops composition and musicianship skills in students ages 9-18.