Associate Teaching Professor
Sarah Tyrrell received her PhD in musicology from the University of Kansas (2003), a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music (1994), and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Kansas State University (1992). Before joining the UMKC faculty in 2005, Dr. Tyrrell taught undergraduate and graduate history at the University of Kansas and at Missouri State University.
Dr. Tyrrell teaches graduate courses in music research and bibliography, including Advanced Research and Bibliography for musicology majors, as well as period courses, undergraduate history surveys, and an online world music survey. Dr. Tyrrell also offers a graduate seminar on Latin American music.
Some of Dr. Tyrrell’s research interests include the life and work of M. Camargo Guarnieri, the impact of modernism on Latin American culture, and the legacy of Brazilian writer Mário de Andrade. She also scours archive collections, notably the LaBudde Special Collections at UMKC, for other American music subjects (which recently yielded a conference presentation on unpublished songs by Paul Creston). She is a collaborative scholar, working together with other perfomer/scholars all over the United States in crafting creative, participatory presentations for various colloquia, conferences, and webinars. She has presented papers and lecture-recitals at the College Music Society (national and regional meetings); the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies; the American Musicological Society and AMS-Pedagogy Study Group Conferences; the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies; and the Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Colloquium on Language, Literature, and Society (Loyola University, Maryland).
Dr. Tyrrell’s publications appear Latin American Music Review, Musical Quarterly, The Bulletin of the Society of American Music, Latin American Perspectives, and Journal of the Society of American Music. She has been the recipient of numerous travel and research grants to support her work, including the Tinker Field Research Grant and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Graduate Fellowship. Recent awards include an International Education Grant to support performance and study in Brazil (2006) and a 2008 Teaching Enhancement Grant from UMKC’s Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET).
Dr. Tyrrell writes for KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s premier performing arts magazine, publishing critical reviews of Kansas City Lyric Opera productions and choral events across the city. She remains active as a vocalist, performing with UMKC ensembles and with local chamber group Vox Luminese.