Composer and Musician Sara Buchanan MacLean

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Meet Composer and Musician Sara Buchanan MacLean

sara buchanan macleanI am a composer and pianist. I create music inspired by stories, poetry and nature. Besides the musical settings I create for Beatrice Bowles’ stories, I write chamber music, and compose song settings, choral music and works for orchestra and chamber ensembles. I’m currently fulfilling a commission for a piano duo and composing an orchestra piece. My piano pieces, Psyche and Eros and Four Fairy Tales have been performed by pianist Denine LeBlanc throughout the U.S. and in Europe. My settings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, The Drop that Wrestles in the Sea, for Flute, Mezzo Soprano and Piano, was performed last year at the Kentucky Flute Society’s convention.

I enjoy sharing my musical skills with children. I have composed especially for them. My audience-interactive chamber works, The Spring Baskets and Little Creek, use story, songs and movement to introduce young audiences to orchestral instruments. I teach piano and composition to students of all ages, as well. Watching them learn and grow musically is truly rewarding.