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 Sarah Gerk

 Assistant Professor


Sarah Gerk, Assistant Professor of Musicology. PhD (Historical Musicology), University of Michigan; MA (Musicology), California State University; BM magna cum laude (clarinet performance), University of Delaware. She researches the role of music in negotiations of race, class, gender, and national allegiance, particularly in nineteenth-century American music. Her publications include an article on transnational encounters in Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in the Journal of the Society for American Music (2016) as well as a chapter on Alice Cooper’s relationship with Detroit in the monograph Heavy Metal, Gender, and Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Routledge 2016). She has additionally contributed articles to the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and supplemental materials for A History of Western Music, 9 th ed., by J. Peter Burkholder. Her work has been supported by fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, the Mellon Foundation, and the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School. As a clarinetist, she studied with Yehuda Gilad. Dr. Gerk has prior teaching experience at Oberlin College and the University of Michigan.


Last Updated: 12/7/17