Sarah Meneely-Kyder

Biography

Composer/pianist Sarah Meneely-Kyder (b. 1945) is a graduate of Goucher College, Peabody Conservatory and Yale University. Her composition teachers have included Robert Hall Lewis, Earle Brown and Robert Morris. In the years following her formal education in the Western musical tradition, she studied the North Indian sitar and was eventually initiated by Roop Verma, a student of world renowned sitarist, Ravi Shankar. She has also studied the South Indian veena. As a composer, most notable are those works that fuse disparate musical traditions into single pieces. Larger works have been performed by American Music/Theatre Group, City Singers of Hartford, the Albany Pro Musica Chorus, the Wesleyan University Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony. A member of American Composers Alliance, and a founding member of Connecticut Composers, Inc., her creative endeavors have been rewarded with several grants and prizes including Yale University's Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize and several Artist Project Grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

Meneely-Kyder has done two recordings for CD on the NORTH/SOUTH RECORDING,INC. label. She is published in the Dictionary of Contemporary Music, edited by John Vinton, and she has an entry on her music in the revised edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary, edited by Nicholas Slonimsky. As a pianist, she is most interested in the performance of contemporary music, with specialization in 20th century American music. She was praised by Kyle Gann, critic for the Village Voice, for a performance of a work by Alvin Lucier, noted exponent of sonic art. She has performed with the New London Contemporary Ensemble, the Nutmeg Chamber Ensemble, and at Wesleyan University, where she is currently on the faculty as an instructor of piano in the Private Lessons Program.

ACE Publications

48 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Sarah Meneely-Kyder GARLAND OF HYMNS AND CAROLS -
choral a cappella and with instruments, some with mixed voices and others with treble
Sarah Meneely-Kyder LETTER FROM ITALY, 1944: A soldier's Story told in music - Chorus, Orchestra 1/pic-1/EH-1-1 2-0-0-0 hp pf/kb perc(2) strings, SATB choir
chorus, soloists, chamber orchestsra
Sarah Meneely-Kyder TWILIGHT - TAPS Soprano, trumpet in C, piano
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder LETTER FROM ITALY 1944 - Tenor, Piano Tenor, piano
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder COVENTRY CAROL SATB
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder IN PARADISUM -
organ
Sarah Meneely-Kyder I DO -
satb, pf
Sarah Meneely-Kyder JOY double SATB choir
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder SWEETHEARTS -
Spoken voice, in rhythm, with cello
Sarah Meneely-Kyder LETTER FROM ITALY 1944 - Baritone and String Quartet Baritone Solo, String Quartet
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder LIFE SINGS A SONG SATT, pf; or SAAT, pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN SATB, string sextet: vln1, vln2, vla 1 & 2, vcl, cb
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder GEORGIA O'KEEFE: IMAGES Sop, Mezzo Sop, Piano
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder MOODS vcl, pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder AFTER ANGELOU'S MORNING WITH HOPE -
ssa,pf
Sarah Meneely-Kyder FOUR SPIRITUALS sop, fl/alto fl, pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder WHERE STREETS ARE SILENT NOW SATB
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder FREE-RUNNING pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder DECEMBER 28 -
sop, m sop, bell,marimba, pf
Sarah Meneely-Kyder FROM 'NOTES TO NINE LOVERS' sop, fl, pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS -
ssatb(soli), satb, pf, mmba, vcl
Sarah Meneely-Kyder SEASON PHASES pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder ROSE & SAINT sop,ob,pf
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Sarah Meneely-Kyder ARACHNE -
satb,perc,pf,str
Sarah Meneely-Kyder NARCISSUS cl (A)
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