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Sarah Eyerly

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Phone 850-644-3424

Office LON 408

Sarah Eyerly, Professor of Musicology, Director of the Early Music Program, and Coordinator of Musicology, 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.

Her research interests are broad, and include sound studies, performance practice and applied musicology, music and religion, and the geo-humanities. 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.

She has received grants, fellowships, and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Council for Research and Creativity (FSU). She is a Faculty Fellow in Data Humanities at FSU, and President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mozart Society of America, and is Treasurer for Phi Beta Kappa-Alpha of Florida.

Research Interests
Eighteenth-century music, performance practice and applied musicology, sound studies and geo-humanities (GIS, sound mapping, digital musicology, soundscape recording and composition, audible history), ecomusicology (sound ecology and environmental humanities), Native American and Indigenous Studies, music and religion in early America, data humanities and network visualization, archaeomusicology, global music history, early modern studies, eighteenth-century studies.

Recent Courses
Religion, Music, and Sound in the Atlantic World
Sound Studies
History of Music: Renaissance
Renaissance Notation
Early Music Ensembles
Practicum in Collegium Directing
Performance Practice

American 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
American Anthropological Association
Interest Group: Music and Sound
Section: Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Pennsylvania Historical Association
Society for Early Americanists

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

“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).

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