Sarah Eyerly, Assistant Professor of Musicology and Director of the Early Music Program, holds a M.A./Ph.D. in musicology and criticism from the University of California, Davis, and a M.M. 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.
Her research interests include sacred music, eighteenth-century music, applied musicology and performance practice, Native American music, archaeomusicology, sound studies, and the spatial and digital humanities. She is currently working on a monograph entitled How the Moravians Sang Away the Wilderness. The narrative of the book, and its accompanying series of digital deep maps, centers on the role of sound as an expression of religious, social, and spatial identity in the Colonial mission community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is also involved in a collaborative research project on the history and transmission of eighteenth-century hymns in the Mohican language. Other research projects include articles on the musical legacy of the Gnadenhütten massacre, and the transatlantic transmission of operas by Mozart, and sacred contrafacta of Mozart’s works in communities along the Pennsylvania frontier.
She has previously taught at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and Butler University, and has been appointed as a visiting scholar with UCLA's Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies. She is President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. She is also actively involved in the American Musicological Society, and has served on the AMS Council, the Council’s Nominating Committee, the Noah Greenberg Award Committee, as well as the Local Arrangements Committee for the national meeting in 2010. She is the AMS Council representative for the Southern Chapter of the AMS. She holds memberships in the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music.