Sarah Wald was born in Chicago. She holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.) and the San Francisco Conservatory (M.M.). In 2016, she began her doctoral studies in music composition at UC Davis, where she was awarded the Graduate Scholars Fellowship for her first year.
Sarah’s music has been featured at various festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and her Divertimento was broadcast on WFMT’s Relevant Tones.
Sarah has received commissions from several music groups, including the Saint Xavier University Flute Choir, the University of Tennessee Martin’s Contemporary Music Group, Access Contemporary Music, and Keyed Kontraptions.
She has also received individual artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2016 and 2017, she was a winner of calls for scores from New Music on the Bayou and Vox Musica.
When she is not composing, Sarah enjoys taking care of her pet birds.
ACM commissioned Sarah in 2018 for Doors Open Milwaukee.