Sarah Ritch’s work ranges from improvisational noise to tonal notated music to musical studies on algorithmic expression. She has been the composer-in-residence for Chicago classical ensembles the Millennium Chamber Players and the Anaphora Ensemble, while regularly performing solo and with her free improv band Sound Collision Alliance.
Along with classical training in cello and piano, Sarah Ritch has also played guitar and bass in several punk and metal bands in Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Ritch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Arts from SAIC’s Sound department, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Sarah studied cello performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Moonlight Tran and Dr. Andrew Smith, and with Barbara Haffner at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Ms. Ritch is an advocate for education in the arts and technology, teaching Music Theory, Composition, and Cello at the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, and serving as Director of Technology for the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at UIC.
ACM commissioned Sarah for the 2019 Sound of Silent Film Festival