Sarah Rimkus (b. 1990) is an award-winning composer of vocal, choral and chamber music. She arrived in Aberdeen in September 2014, having been awarded a Carlaw-Ogston postgraduate scholarship to pursue a MMus in vocal music composition with Professor Paul Mealor, and completed her degree as the first candidate in the programme to be awarded the MMus with distinction. Beginning in October 2015, she is pursuing a PhD in sacred choral music composition with Dr Phillip Cooke as the recipient of an Elphinstone Scholarship. She has received many awards including ‘magna cum laude’ honours from the University of Southern California, where she completed her BMus studying composition with Professors Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Hartke, and the prestigious ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for her string orchestra piece "Trapped in Amber." She is from the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the United States and grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington.