Dr. Sarah McConnell
Term Assistant Professor
Music Theory, Ear Training, Analysis
Fine Arts 213
Sarah McConnell joins the University of Alaska Fairbanks music faculty in the Fall of 2020. Her love of music is reflected in the passion and energy in her teaching. She earned her Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of North Texas. Dr. McConnell’s dissertation takes a new look at the instrumental music of Max Reger through the lens of developing variation. In her master’s thesis she transcribed and analyzed the film score to “Secret Window” (2004) to reflect the score’s role in the overall narrative of the film. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Oklahoma City University, a master’s in instrumental conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s in music theory from the University of North Texas. Dr. McConnell won the Robert W. Ottman teaching fellowship award while a master’s student at the University of North Texas.
Dr. McConnell’s current areas of research include film music analysis, continuing research on developing variation in Max Reger, music theory and ear training pedagogy, and analysis of choral works from the performer’s perspective. Dr. McConnell has presented her research on Max Reger at a few graduate student conferences including the 2016 GTA Symposium of Music Theory at Indiana University. She also had a paper, “Motivic reinterpretation in the instrumental music of Brahms,” published in Harmonia, the graduate student journal at the University of North Texas. She sang with the Houston Symphony Chorus for four seasons. She has also taught private oboe lessons and played oboe with various ensembles since the age of 17.