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Sarah Zipperer Gaskins

Instructor of Counterpoint

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A native of Atlanta, GA, Sarah Zipperer Gaskins has an active career as a composer and performer. Her works have been commissioned by various ensembles, including the internationally renowned Mana Saxophone Quartet, and featured on new music concerts and conferences throughout the United States. As an instrumentalist and proponent of contemporary music, Gaskins has performed viola and violin on several new music concerts, was a founding member of a student-run new music festival, and assisted in the organization of two Festivals of New Music at Florida State University. She received her DM and MM in composition at Florida State University while studying under Ladislav Kubík and Clifton Callender. She earned a BM in music theory at Furman University while studying under Mark Kilstofte. Her duet for violin and piano, 8:10 at the Café, was performed at the College Music Society’s 2008 National Conference. She was selected as a National Finalist in MTNA’s 2010 Composition Competition. Also active in music theory, she has presented papers at the New Orleans Music Theory Conference, Florida State’s Music Theory Society Forum, the South Central Society for Music Theory Conference, and Music Theory Society Southeast. Gaskins has taught music courses at Florida State University, Gardner-Webb University, and Furman University.