Composer/conductor Sarah Weaver works internationally with experimental music forms for large ensembles.
Sarah Weaver, Ph.D. is a New York-based contemporary composer, conductor, technologist, educator, researcher,
and administrator working internationally as a specialist in large ensemble and network arts. Her work innovates
contemplative concepts on network, synchrony, synthesis, and interconnection for artistic and social purpose.
Weaver is Director of NowNet Arts, Director of the Sarah Weaver Ensemble, Editor of the Journal of Network Music
and Arts (JONMA). Executive Director of the JackTrip Foundation. and on the Faculty of The New School College of
Performing Arts in New York.
Weaver has been an innovator for fifteen years in network arts advancing live performance via the internet by
musicians and artists in different geographic locations. The technological system utilizes JackTrip together with
specialized audio and video technology for low-latency, multichannel, performance-quality experience. Weaver has
worked closely in this medium with Chris Chafe, Mark Dresser, early works with Pauline Oliveros, and many
collaborators internationally. Her recent works for the NowNet Arts Ensemble include “Intergral Infinity (2021)”,
“Requiem: Interconnection (2020)”, and “Universal Synchrony Music (2019)” collaboration with NASA Kepler/K2
Mission. As founder and director of NowNet Arts, Weaver operates the NowNet Arts Ensemble, the Lab Ensemble
research group, Festival, Conference, Series, Virtual Venue, and Training Programs.
Weaver has composed works for solo, chamber, and large ensemble for twenty-five years, integrating influences of
classical, jazz, world, contemplative, electronic music, and individual music languages of performers. The work
incorporates a spectrum of notation (staff, graphics, text), structures for improvisation, and a hybrid approach of
gesture applying Soundpainting (originated by Walter Thompson) and original gestures. Weaver has written for the
languages of musicians at the forefront of the field including Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Samir Chatterjee, Yoon
Sun Choi, Robert Dick, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Julie Ferrara, Gerry Hemingway, Oliver Lake, Denman Maroney,
Joe McPhee, Stephan Moore, Ned Rothenberg, David Taylor, Doug Van Nort, Min Xiao-Fen, and James Zollar.
Recent works include compilations “Synthesis Series (2021)” and “Synchrony Series (2011-2019)” Music of Sarah
Weaver and Collaborations, “Duplexity State (2020)” collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Daniel Pinheiro, and
“Reality Axis (2011-2016)” solo percussion works for Gerry Hemingway. Her works have been performed at
contemporary venues throughout New York and internationally.
Weaver has been a contemporary conductor for over 20 years. Weaver conducts all of her ensemble compositions
and conducts compositions of collaborators especially in network arts. Originally trained in classical and jazz music
conducting, her early conducting teachers included William Jastrow, John Stanley Ross, James Tapia, H. Robert
Reynolds, and workshops with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Larry Rachleff, and Frederick Fennell.
Professionally Weaver pursued the Soundpainting language of Walter Thompson as his associate and for her own
works. Weaver then continued on into her current form of conducting that integrates classical and jazz music
conducting, Soundpainting, original gestures for network arts settings, and original gestures for her compositions.
Weaver is also involved with further research in technology-mediated conducting for future applications.
Recordings and publications involving Weaver’s works include “Synchrony: Music of Sarah Weaver and
Collaborations (2011-2019)” recording (SyncSource Label) and research paper for Journal of Network Music and
Arts, “Reality Axis” solo works for Gerry Hemingway (SyncSource Label), “Source” with the SLM Ensemble
(SyncSource Label), “Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 1” in the DVD “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint
Concert Series” (pfMENTUM Label), “Deep Tones for Peace” (Kadima Label), 2011 and 2015 Compendiums: Music
as a Global Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues, and “Telematic Music: Six Perspectives” research
paper by Oliveros, Weaver, Dresser, Pitcher, Braasch, and Chafe, for Leonardo Music Journal.
As an educator, Weaver is on the faculty of New School College of Performing Arts. She has taught and presented
at many universities in-person and via the internet including Carleton University Ottawa, Carnegie Mellon
University, Concordia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology (KAIST), LaSalle School of Contemporary Music Singapore, National University of Singapore, New
York University (New York, Abu Dhabi, Florence), New Zealand School of Music, Northwestern University, Queens
University Belfast, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Silpakorn University Bangkok, Sivas Cumhuriyet University
Turkey, Stanford University, Stony Brook University, Trossingen University of Music Germany, University of
California San Diego, University College Cork Ireland, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of
Virginia, York University Toronto, and Zurich University of the Arts. Weaver teaches private lessons in New York and
Weaver was raised in the Chicago area in a family of humanitarians and began working in New York in 1998. She
holds the degrees Bachelor of Music with Education Certificate from University of Michigan, Master of Music in
Music Technology from New York University, and Ph.D. in Music Composition from Stony Brook University. She is
certified in Soundpainting and Deep Listening. Weaver is a member of College Music Society and ASCAP.