Sarah Mellinger recently finished her first orchestral piece, Elentiya, which is scheduled to be premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony this coming fall. She is currently working on adding more movements to her piece, as well as other, smaller composition projects. She is inspired by books, poetry, and authors that most people would overlook. Sarah has a B.A. in Music from Hiram College in Ohio. She will be attending Kent State University in the fall as a graduate student studying piano performance. Sarah also plays the trumpet, and strives to become a private piano teacher and college professor in the future. She enjoys writing in all forms, but has recently been writing poetry and fiction while at home. Her favorite subjects to explore in writing are the creative process and her own made-up metaphors. She often finds herself questioning the odd details of life and of the world, which show up in both her writing and compositions.