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SARAH HICKS is in demand as a conductor across an array of genres, and as an educator, arranger, producer, writer, and speaker committed to creating connections through music. Her career has seen collaborations with diverse artists, from Hilary Hahn and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Hudson, and Smokey Robinson; during the summer of 2011 she toured with Sting as conductor of his Symphonicities Tour. Her passion for cross-genre partnerships led to a 2019 album with rap artist Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra, with whom she holds a titled position. 

As a guest conductor, Ms. Hicks has worked with ensembles such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony (with whom she made her debut in 2009), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Toronto Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, RTÉ (Dublin) Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Malaysian Philharmonic, among others. Her commitment to new music led to the creation of an innovative micro-commission project, and her recording of new concertos, Triple Doubles has been released by the Bridge label. Her interest in the intersection of mental health and music led to the production of a concert titled “Music and the Mind.” 

Sarah Hicks was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Honolulu, HI. She received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in composition. She holds an Artists’ Degree in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. In her spare time, Ms. Hicks enjoys running, hiking, her Papillon, cooking (and eating) with her husband, traveling, and blogging.