Sarah Hennies


“Reservoir 2: Intrusion” (2018-19) for bass flute and five or more voices
Constellation Chor: Marisa Michelson (director), Chad Goodridge, Kalliopi Siamidou, Marisa Michelson, Chaesong Kim, Luisa Muhr, Nikko Benson, Jen Anaya, Tamrin Goldberg, Shawn Shafner




Sarah Hennies is a composer/performer based in Ithaca, NY whose work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love, intimacy, and psychoacoustics. She presents her work internationally and has received commissions for new music by a variety of ensembles and institutions. Regular collaborations include Meridian (with Tim Feeney & Greg Stuart), a duo with sound & performance artist Jason Zeh, and the Queer Percussion Research Group (with Jerry Pergolesi, Bill Solomon, & Jennifer Torrence). She is the recipient of a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award and a 2016 fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts.




Reservoir 2: Intrusion” (2018-19) for bass flute and five or more voices

“Intrusion” is the second in a series of pieces called “Reservoirs” based on the relationship between human conscious and unconscious thought. The title is based on Freud and Jung’s belief that the human unconscious mind is a large reservoir of thought and feelings mostly inaccessible to us in our conscious lives. Many psychologists also believe that the unconscious mind is a “storage facility” for unpleasant and traumatic memories, a kind of internal mental protection so we don’t have to continually relive our past traumas every day.

— Sarah Hennies