Sarah Genevieve Burghart Rice

  • Assistant Professor, Composition and Music Technology

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Sarah Rice


Sarah Genevieve Burghart Rice is an assistant professor of composition and music technology at Penn State’s School of Music; she also coordinates ROARS (Research of the Arts, Recording, and Sound). Burghart Rice holds a Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Robert Morris and Allan Schindler.

Championed internationally by ensembles such as the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra (Marin Alsop, director), her “evocative” (Resonance) music has won acclaim and inspired intense debate. Burghart Rice’s dramatic works for voice have attracted particular attention; her Murmurs from Limbo took 1st Prize in the 2005 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award and her “genuinely original, fresh, and socially conscious” (Tyler Youth Orchestra) Wake Nicodemus received the ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Dr. Burghart Rice recently recorded her gargantuan piece The Hardscrabble with Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin and the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble for a forthcoming release on Neuma Records.

Active in the production and performance of electronic music, Burghart Rice served as an audio engineer and technician for the Eastman Computer Music Center, and in this capacity produced and performed hundreds of works with musicians as diverse as ensemble eighth blackbird, carillonneur Tiffany Ng, composer Tristan Murail, and the avant garde jazz Cuong Vu Trio.

Dr. Burghart Rice’s research includes developing approaches to applied music composition through mathematics, alternative music theories, and computer-assisted methods; developing models for the perception of rapid sound patterns, such as transients, with applications to artificial intelligence; elucidating the semiotics of racist tropes in music; theories of music and politics; and the intersection of electronic musicianship and education.

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