Associate Professor of Musicology, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, Director of the Early Music Program, and Coordinator of Musicology
Sarah Eyerly

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LON 408

Sarah Eyerly is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Musicology, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, and Director of the Early Music Program. 

Her research interests are broad, and include historical performance practices, eighteenth-century music, music and sound in early America, sound mapping and digital musicology, Native American and Indigenous Studies, archaeomusicology, global music history, and early modern studies. Her book and sound mapping project, Moravian Soundscapes (Series: Music, Nature, Place; Indiana University Press, 2020), is a sonic history of Moravian mission communities during the period of the Seven Year’s War and the American Revolution. She is also currently involved in an interdisciplinary research project on the history and transmission of Moravian hymns in the Mohican language. Other research projects include adaptations of Mozart’s music by Inuit musicians in coastal Labrador, a biography and documentary film on the life of the eighteenth-century Mohican musician, Joshua, heritage tourism and indigenous representation at the Gnadenhütten massacre site in Ohio, and sound reconstruction of the Apalachee and Spanish musical culture of Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, FL.

Dr. Eyerly holds the MA/PhD in musicology and criticism from the University of California, Davis, and the MM in historical performance practices from the Mannes College of Music. As a Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands, she studied historical performance practices at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Prior to joining the faculty at FSU, she taught at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and Butler University, and was appointed as a visiting scholar with UCLA's Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Dr. Eyerly has received grants, fellowships, and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and the Council for Research and Creativity (FSU). She has been appointed as a Faculty Fellow in Data Humanities at FSU. She is past president of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Musicological Society and the Mozart Society of America. At FSU, she is Treasurer for Phi Beta Kappa-Alpha of Florida.

Research Interests
Eighteenth-century music, music and sound in early America, historical performance practices, sound mapping and digital musicology, Native American and Indigenous Studies, archaeomusicology, global music history, early modern studies.

Recent Courses(Re)sounding Archives
Religion, Music, and Sound in the Atlantic World
Heritage & Sound Studies
Sound Studies
History of Music: Renaissance
Notation & Paleography
Renaissance Notation
Early Music Ensembles
Practicum in Collegium Directing
Seminar in Performance Practice

AffiliationsAmerican Musicological Society
    Study Group: Global Music History
Society for Ethnomusicology
    Sections: Religion, Music, and Sound; Indigenous Music
Society for American Music
Society for Eighteenth-Century Music
Mozart Society of America
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Society for Early Americanists
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
American Society of Church History
German Studies Association

Selected Publications
Moravian Soundscapes: A Sonic History of the Moravian Missions in Early Pennsylvania (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020). Companion website:

Mozart and the Moravians,” Early Music 47/2 (May, 2019): 161–182.

Singing Box 331: Re-Sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives.” The William and Mary Quarterly 76/4 (October, 2019). Co-author: Rachel Wheeler (IUPUI).

Music in Unexpected Places: Hearing New Histories of Early American Music,” in Sounding Together: Collaborative Perspectives on U.S. Music in the 21st Century, Charles Hiroshi Garrett and Carol Oja, eds. (University of Michigan Press, 2021).