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Kintsugi Studios & Publications

MUSIC

Welcome to the music and recording studio!

Below you'll find a list of what I've written as well as some works that are in progress. Recordings of me as Ceramic Personali-Tease will be coming soon!

Contact me for re-voicing, commissions and reporting a performance.

Compositions

CHAMBER

Dear J, Dear A

Poem by Andrew Burton

Arrangements: Small Ensemble (Soprano, Violin, and Cello)

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EnneaMuse: Suffering and Wholeness

Treble Voice and Piano

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This 9-song cycle goes through each of the nine enneagram points. The songs explore the suffering and the healing for each point. Songs include One: Perfectly Imperfect, Two: Connections, Three: Ninety Seconds, Four: Deep, Five: Step On Out, Six: Answers, Seven: Come on an Adventure, Eight: Teddy Bear in Combat Boots, Nine: Let There Be. The recordings have Mindy Eschedor on the piano, Andrea Leonard on vocals for songs Three, Seven, and Eight, and yours truly (Sarah McMahill) on One, Two, Four, Five, Six, and Nine. The recordings were originally used for an enneagram workshop that I co-led with Roland Legge in 2021. These songs had their Canadian premier April of 2022 in Kamloops, British Columbia. They were performed by contralto Theresa Takacs and pianist Dimiter Terziev.

Seasonal Snapshot: Summer (YouTube)

Piano, clarinet, cello, and claves

JWPepper, My Store

Twists and Turns of the Universe

2 Voices (Soprano, Tenor), Piano, Clarinet, Cello, and Claves

Not Available for Purchase

Privately commissioned as a wedding gift. Small ensemble of soprano, tenor, clarinet, cello, piano, and claves.

Heart and Head: Family Dynamics Collection

Tenor saxophone, B flat clarinet, and flute.

JWPepper, My Store

Dedicated to one of my nieces and my oldest brother.

Dance of the Reeds: Family Dynamics Collection

Viola and bass clarinet duo. 

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Dedicated to my nephew and sister-in-love.

Lisa's Song: Family Dynamics Collection

Bassoon

JWPepper, My Store

In memory of my sister. 

Generations: Family Dynamics Collection

For 2 B flat clarinets and bass clarinet.

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Dedicated to my nephew and in memory of my grandpa Don.

Generations: Tone Poem for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello

*This work was a winner in the 30x30x30 project competition undertaken by Soli Chamber Ensemble in 2024.

Dedicated to my family and in memory of those who have passed.

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Learning to Fly

Viola, Clarinet, Piano, and Body Percussion.

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CHORAL

I Honor the Place in You

Arrangements: Treble Solo (YouTube), SATB Choir (recorded by First Recordings Project directed by J. David Moore)

Premiered by One Voice Mixed Chorus January 20 & 21, 2024.

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This Moment

Arrangements: Treble Solo (YouTube), SATB Choir (recorded by First Recordings Project directed by J. David Moore)

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Dear A

Poem by Andrew Burton

Arrangements: SATB (recorded by First Recordings Project directed by J. David Moore)

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Everything and Everyone

Original Poem by Sarah McMahill, from Whispering Thunder (poetry book coming out winter 2024)

Arrangements: SSAATTBB with violin and cello

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Tears of May

Poem by Andrew Burton

Arrangements: SSAATTBB with oboe

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Unspoken Prayers of the Heart 

Arrangements: SATB Choir, String Quartet

Dedicated to Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis. 

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You Are Earth

Based on the poem "What?" by A. Marcus

Arrangements: SATB with spoken solo and piano

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PIANO SOLO

Summer Breeze (YouTube)

Originally written for solo piano in 1996 and recorded for the first time in 2023.

Autumn Twilight (YouTube)

Originally written for solo piano in 1996 and recorded for the first time in 2023.

Works-In-Progress

1. The compositions that I did in middle and high school, I wrote by hand. I'm currently notating those compositions into music software. 

2. Multiple songs based on the poetry of award-winning Canadian poet, theater artist, and activist Andrew Burton. I met him at the 2023 Winnipeg Folk Festival. 

3. Multiple songs based on the poetry of friend and Turkish neuroscientist, Özgü Işık Hafızoğlu.

4. Multiple songs based on the poetry of friend and enneagram colleague, Rev. Nhien Vuong

5. Multiple songs based on the poetry of Canadian author and founder of The Awakened Company Catherine Bell

6. Meditation music for a Lithuanian instrument called the Kanklés. Emilija Karaliūtė will be performing and recording them. 

7. 
Greenwood Rising
I learned about the Tulsa Race Riot Massacre in 2021. I was (and am) horrified by what happened in 1921. I was appalled to learn that this part of our history was actively hidden from public knowledge. I was part of a multi-church initiative to educate people about it that occurred November of 2021. I knew that I needed to do more than just a workshop. This is a multi-movement piece for SATB chorus and several instruments. 

8. 
Ho'oponopono Prayer
I learned about the Ho'oponopono Prayer middle of June 2022 and was struck by the power of repeating these phrases: "I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you." Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice for forgiveness and reconciliation. It’s more than the prayer alone; it's a process of making things right in your relationships -- with others, ancestors, the earth, yourself. It’s the act and intention of holding a space for reflection, repentance, forgiveness, and gratitude. I'll be doing one for solo voice and another for SATB chorus.

Ceramic Personali-Tease

In my debut album as Ceramic Personali-Tease, I'll be "teasing" you with a range of sounds coming from my voice, clarinet, piano, Nord grand, synthesizers, various drums, baritone ukulele, and more! 

Album in Progress:

Hide and Go Seek/Olly Olly Oxen Free

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