Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
B.Mus, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick
B.Ed, Redeemer University College, Ontario
M.Mus, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey
MLitt, ITIA, University of St Andrews
Under the supervision of George Corbett, Sarah’s research looks broadly at how music enters into theological discourse where mere language is limited. To do so, she is focusing on two contemporary Passion settings (St Luke Passion by Scottish composer James MacMillan and The Gospel According to the Other Mary by American composer John Adams) to ascertain how these works present a theology of the atonement and contribute to our understanding of the atonement generally.
Sarah’s professional musical career includes highlights such as developing a music appreciation curriculum geared toward private and home schools, expanding a small children’s choir in Ontario into a regional standard of excellence, and founding a choir in Princeton for adults with mental and physical disabilities. As a freelance soprano for Roman Catholic and Anglican churches in New York City and surrounding areas, she has been confronted with questions about liturgy and the place of beauty in worship, which have led her to take an academic turn in her career to construct her own understanding of music as theology.
While in St Andrews, Sarah sings at All Saints’ Episcopalian Church, conducts the Leuchars Military Wives Choir, and occasionally fights her natural instinct to be a hermit.