Sarah Marlowe

Assistant Professor of Music Theory




Sarah Marlowe is Assistant Professor of Music Theory. Her research interests include counterpoint, fugue, Schenkerian analysis, Russian music theory, the music of J. S. Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich, and music theory and aural skills pedagogy. Her current project explores chromatic harmony in Shostakovich’s music through the lens of Russian modal theory. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.Mus., piano performance; M.M., music theory and accompanying) and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D., music theory).

Marlowe has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. In 2013, she received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award for her work developing Schenkerian voice-leading paradigms in fugue expositions. This work was later published in Theory and Practice (2014). Two additional studies on Schenkerian analysis of Bach fugues will appear in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2019) and Music Theory Online (in press; 2020). Recent publications on pedagogy appear in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2016), The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory (2018), and BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (2018).

Marlowe is a recipient of the NYU Steinhardt Teaching Excellence Award (2018), the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence and Teaching by a Graduate Student (2010), and the Eastman School of Music’s Teaching Assistant Prize (2008). She served as a board member of the Music Theory Society of New York State (2013–2017) and was co-editor of Theory and Practice (2016–2019). She is currently associate editor of the Society for Music Theory Newsletter. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Music Theory at New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.