Sarah Galvin is a composer, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Upstate New York. The last of eleven siblings, she grew up bellowing along to old-timey numbers at the player piano, performing on bass guitar in the family band, writing choral and small ensemble pieces in music theory class, and recording with a 4-track, all of which informed her quintessentially quirky musical style.
At NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, she studied everything from Latin to Java. Following a series of odd jobs and all-gal rock bands, she got her foot in the door of the TV and film industry, where she gained insight into the film production process that has proven crucial to her successful collaborations with indie directors.
Director Shukai Wang cast Sarah in his film BANKER BY THE LAKE (2018), then asked her to pen an original song for the project. Their creative interchange resulted in her character’s role being expanded, as well as another one of her original songs being featured on the soundtrack. She continued her fruitful collaboration with Wang by producing a custom song for the closing credits of his award-winning short film 7045 STEPS (2019).
After meeting the director Kristin Watson in an acting class, Sarah produced the soundtrack for Watson’s short film WHY AM I HERE?, which included a song co-written by the two women and sung by Watson.
Sarah and director Max Landman met when they each had work featured in the same episode of an Adult Swim streaming show. Landman later commissioned Sarah to score several of his animated projects, including the otherworldly stop-motion BALONEY BEACON, a 2023 Slamdance Film Festival selected short.
Sarah has released a country-folk EP (Camp Sabbatical), a synthwave EP (Le Mall), and an acoustic holiday EP (Americana Christmas). Her country songs, including “Food Shopping at the Dollar Store,” can be heard on the in-game radio in the Steam release WORKSHOP SIMULATOR. Currently she is co-writing and producing THE 1812 UNDERTURE, an operetta in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan, slated to premiere at historic Fort Ontario in September 2023.