Sarah Perske is a composer, classical guitarist, and singer-songwriter whose music reflects her interests in crafting odd and unwieldy forms, exploiting found object sound sources, and combining musical performance with the visual and literary arts. Perske is extremely active as a composer and champion of new music in the Denver area, and is a member of Nebula Ensemble, an experimental music group that specializes in immersive multidisciplinary concert experiences.
A prolific and versatile composer, Perske is frequently sought out by performers who share her interests in expanding the boundaries of traditional music-making through the integration of performance art and cross-disciplinary collaboration. She has been commissioned to write music for such groups and individuals as Playground Ensemble, the Keith/Larson Duo, classical guitarist Laura Husbands, percussionist Kyle Hughes, and virtuoso saw player Caroline McCaskey, among many others. Perske is the recipient of several awards and recognitions for her work, including first prize in the Colorado Clarinet Days Composition Competition (2014) and The Playground Anne Culver Commission Prize (2013).
Perske holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where her primary teachers in guitar were Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood. When not composing or performing, Perske can be found hunting down obscure music scores in her role as a music librarian, transcribing Renaissance lute tablature for the fun of it, and blogging about new music at DeformingPrisms.