black and white head shot of Sarah Riskind, smiling, standing in front of a fence
photo credit: JoAnn Watkins Photography



  • Fiddle Page and Spreadsheet!
    I’ve been doing so much fiddle these days that it feels like an important part of my musical identity. Check out the new fiddle page to read more about my band and other related pursuits! My band Turas did a concert at Eureka College this spring, which was a really fun way to combine my choral conducting and Irish fiddle pursuits. Turas has recorded a new album, which is in the mixing and mastering stage. I’m also planning a solo album that will feature my original fiddle tunes. I did a lot of vocals and fiddle (or… Read more: Fiddle Page and Spreadsheet!
  • Nun better than BACH…
    In the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, John Frayne wrote a lovely review of my Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana concert on Sunday the 5th! None better than BACH in a fine setting  This program entitled Behind the Walls featured Renaissance and Baroque music by Italian convent composers from Isabella Leonarda to Raphaela Aleotti. The BACH Choir was accompanied by two violins and continuo on some of these works.
  • Oz Cantata Now Available
      Oz Cantata for SATB chorus, soloists, and string quartet For the University of Washington Cohort Ensemble and Recital Choir Duration: 21’ View the sample score and purchase the scores and parts Sarah Riskind · Oz Cantata Excerpt from the performance notes: This passion project brought together many aspects of my identity: the conductor, the singer, the violinist, the reader, and even the Irish music lover. In the original performance, the most accessible choral parts were sung by the entire Recital Choir (Ozma and the last portion of Tik-Tok), whereas the graduate Cohort Ensemble covered the… Read more: Oz Cantata Now Available
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