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Schmalenberger, Sarah

Associate Professor of Music, Music History, French Horn
Degree
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Office
Loras Hall 105
Phone
(651) 962-5851
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5851
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Sarah Schmalenberger, musicologist and hornist, teaches music history courses for both undergraduate and graduate programs in music.  An active freelance musician, she also teaches studio French Horn and serves as the area head for winds, brass, and percussion studies for the Department of Music.  

Dr. Schmalenberger's research explores issues of identity formation and expression through music. Her dissertation and subsequent published articles on the Washington Conservatory of Music document the thriving network of African-American women in the western European concert music tradition during the early twentieth century. This research, published in Black Music Research Journal included the confirmation of the first known opera composed by an African-American woman, Shirley Graham DuBois.  Dr. Schmalenberger also conducted extensive research on the effects of cancer treatment on women musicians with breast cancer.  Her findings are published in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists.  More recently, she has forthcoming articles on selected repertoire of Frank Zappa as well as a chapter on all-female rock bands in the Twin Cities. 

As a performing artist, Dr. Schmalenberger enjoys collaborating with peers on many different projects.  Her faculty recitals include chamber works, new compositions, and multi-media components. With Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, she has performed and presented workshops on improvised music.  She is co-founder of the popular annual BrassChix forum for female brass musicians, and she has hosted an International Horn Society workshop as well as a Chamber Winds Symposium.  In 2015 she co-founded the Swing Sisterhood Big Band, an all-woman jazz ensemble, in which she both directs and plays horn.  Prior to living in the Twin Cities, she was a hornist in the Duluth-Superior Symphony, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Early Music Orchestra, and the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 612 - 01 Top/Music Hist/Lit/Thry - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41601 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses can be found on Murphy Online.

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MUSC 411 - D01 History & Lit Music I - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 BEC 110
CRN: 40200 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger A survey of Western European music to 1750: the medieval, Renaissance, Baroque eras. Historical development, social context, forms, styles and issues of expression are explored. Writing assignments are designed for teaching to the "Writing in the Discipline" objectives for the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. This is a core course for students seeking a major degree in music. Students must be at junior-level standing and have passed at least Theory II before enrolling in this course. Offered in fall semester.

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MUSP 145 - 01 Perf Study: French Horn 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40222 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 582 - 01 Perf Study: French Horn 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 21016 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger

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MUSC 130 - L01 Introduction to World Music - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 110
CRN: 20175 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger This course studies the phenomenon of music as an activity in people's lives. Students will be guided to think critically about music employing a multicultural perspective. Models will be presented to provide a context in which music serves as part of larger social ritual. The music of selected cultures such as Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan, India, Native American and American popular music in addition to European classical music will be covered. Designed for the non-major. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and the Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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MUSC 133 - L01 Music of the US: Aural & Writt - - - R - - - 0800 - 0940 BEC 110
CRN: 20417 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger This course focuses on the study of U.S. music within its cultural context. The course, with its emphasis on listening analysis, and vocabulary development will contain 1) music of aural traditions to include jazz, popular, and ethnic music and 2) music of written traditions to include art music and jazz. Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of instructor

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MUSC 412 - D01 History & Literature Music II - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 BEC 110
CRN: 20176 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger A survey of Western European music from 1750 to the present: the Classical and Romantic eras and the Twentieth century. Emphasis of study is on social context and issues of meaning and expression. Continuation of MUSC 411. Writing assignments are designed for teaching to the "Writing in the Discipline" objectives for the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. This is a core course for students seeking a major degree in music. Students must be at junior-level standing and have passed at least Theory II before enrolling in the course. Offered in spring semester.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 145 - 01 Perf Study: French Horn 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20205 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 145 - 02 Perf Study: French Horn 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20491 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 245 - 01 Applied BA: French Horn 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20468 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 345 - 01 Applied BM: French Horn 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 21163 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah C. Schmalenberger Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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