Sarah Jaysmith is a Vancouver-based composer, pianist
and music director.
Sarah's two compositional loves are choral music and
musical theatre. She has composed and arranged many
works for choir, and has also composed two musicals (Waking
Dreams and One
Plus One) and written the music for over sixty
songs. You can see a list of her compositions and
arrangements here. Please see
the ordering page if you are
interested in purchasing Sarah's music for performance.
Sarah's SSAA arrangement of Gartan Mother's Lullaby was
published by Pavane
Publishing in 2016, after being premiered by Elektra
Women's Choir. Elektra (under the direction of
Morna Edmundson) also commissioned Sarah to arrange
"Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella", which was published
Choral Publishing in 2019. Both pieces were
premiered at their Christmas concert, Chez Nous, in
In 2015, Sarah's piece "The First Spring Day" was
premiered by the MacMillan Singers of the University of
Toronto, under the direction of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.
This piece was performed later in the year by the
Sainte-Anne Singers of Montreal, under the direction of
Margo Keenan. "Nonesuch" was premiered in March 2015 by
the Freudig Singers of Western New York, directed by
Roland E. Martin.
Sarah was a semi-finalist in the Sorel
Medallion Choral Composition Competition 2012-13
(with "Nonesuch"), and her piece "The First Spring Day"
achieved honorable mention in the 2013 Novi
Cantori Call for Scores.
Recently, Sarah's choral pieces have been read by
musica intima, Elektra
Women's Choir, and the Vancouver
Chamber Choir as part of their new music reading
initiatives. She has also written a piano instrumental
piece, Ontogenesis, for ODE
Arts Movements' Pockets of Light.
Sarah is an experienced and sympathetic accompanist and
a fluent sightreader, and is comfortable accompanying
auditions, exams, recitals and shows. She is
also an award-winning music director - she is
the resident music director of The
Broadway Chorus, and credits for other
companes include Spamalot (The Lawyer Show), and
Forbidden Broadway (Fighting Chance Productions). If you
would like to know more about what it is like to work
with Sarah, please read her testimonials.