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Florida State University
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music, music history, sound studies, geo-humanities, ecomusicology, music and religion in early America, global music history, early modern music, eighteenth-century music
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About Me

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

Recent 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). 

Media Coverage; Michael Ruane, “Silent Night: How a beloved Christmas carol was born...,” The Washington Post
Country Focus
United States, Germany
Expertise by Geography
Germany, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, Colonialism, Environment, Migration & Immigration, Religion, Women