Along with classical training in cello and piano, Sarah Ritch has also played guitar and bass in several punk and metal bands. Ms. Ritch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Arts from SAIC’s Sound department, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Sarah studied cello performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Moonlight Tran and Dr. Andrew Smith, and with Barbara Haffner at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.


Sarah Ritch’s work ranges from improvisational noise to tonal notated music to musical studies on algorithmic expression. She has been the composer-in-residence for Chicago classical ensembles the Millennium Chamber Players and the Anaphora Ensemble, while regularly performing solo and with various free improv groups. Sarah is an advocate for arts and technology, having taught Music Theory, Composition, and Cello to students aged 3+, and while serving as Director of Technology for the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and adjunct faculty in the Science of Sound in the Arts at UIC. Sarah is currently enjoying working in the technology space while maintaining a cello and composition practice.