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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.

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