Slosberg Music Center, 229
DegreesStanford University, M.A.
Yale University, B.A.
ExpertiseHistorical Performance Practice, 16th-century Music Theory, Viola da Gamba, Lyra-viol, Renaissance ensembles, Baroque chamber music, choral conducting.
ProfileSought-after teacher of viola da gamba and Renaissance & Baroque ensembles on the local, national, and international level. Director and founding member of Nota Bene Viol Consort; recognized as a performer on the lyra-viol. Known for her writings and presentations on applied theory of the 16th century.
|MUS||80a||Early Music Ensemble|
|MUS||80b||Early Music Ensemble|
|MUS||81a||Chamber Choir: Loving the Classics|
|MUS||81b||Chamber Choir: Gaining Expertise, Exploring the Repertory|
|MUS||112a||Private Instruction: Voice|
|MUS||112b||Private Instruction: Voice|
|MUS||131a||History of Music I: Ancient through Early Baroque|
Awards and Honors
Music Director, Viola da Gamba Society Conclave (2010 - 2016)
Early Music America, Board (2008 - 2014)
The Thomas Binkley Award, Early Music America - 2007 Recipient (2007)
Viola da Gamba Society of America, Board (2005 - 2014)
So Far From Home: Pilgrims, Exiles, and Wanderers. Director Mead, Sarah. Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, Bethlehem Chapel, 4/14/2016. (forthcoming)
Mead, Sarah. "Running the Gamut: Instrumental modeling of a vocal construct in 16th century music." Society of Music Theorists (SMT) Early Music Analysis Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 5/21/2016. (forthcoming)
Mead, Sarah. "Fretting Over the Gamut: Mapping the Gamut onto the Gamba Fretboard." Viola da Gamba Society Professional Development Conference. Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA. 3/4/2016.
Samuel Capricornus. Music Director. Sacred Concerts for Voices & Viola da Gamba. Cornetto Verlag, 2016.
All the Colours in the Ayre. Performer; Music Director Mead, Sarah. Nota Bene with guest Jason McStoots, Emory College, Atlanta, GA, 7/30/2015.
Music in Shakespeare/Shakespeare in Music. Director Mead, Sarah. Brandeis Chamber Choir & Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, Slosberg Recital Hall, 4/26/2015.
The Walls Have Ears: a 16th-century Soundscape. Director Mead, Sarah. Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, Slosberg Recital Hall, 12/05/2015.
New Fashions. Featured Guest Sarah Mead. Josie & the Emeralds, Glebe Town Hall, Sydney, AU, 03/28/2014.
One Little Room an Everywhere. Music Director, Performer Sarah Mead. Nota Bene Viol Consort, Mandel Center for the Humanities, 11/16/2013.
Sympathetic Strings: Solo and Ensemble Music for Lyra Viol. Featured Performer Sarah Mead. Solo Recital with guests Erin Helyard, Robert Oliver, and Kamala Bain, New Zealand School of Music, 03/18/2014.
Tenebrae Series. Performer Nota Bene Viol Consort. TENET, St. Ignatius of Antioch, NYC, 04/05/2014.
Mead, Sarah. "OBJECT LESSONS: Perceiving the sound-world of the 16th-century through interaction with its artifacts." Colloquium. Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney, AU. 03/27/2014.
Mead, Sarah. "OBJECT LESSONS: Perceiving the sound-world of the 16th-century through interaction with its artifacts." Music Forum. New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, NZ. 03/20/2014.
Mead, Sarah. Fantasia Sine Nomine. PRB Publications, 2013.
Nota Bene Viol Consort. "At Home with Music: Everyday Music-Making in the 16th Century." Residency. Brandeis University. November 13 - 16, 2013.
Mead, Sarah. "Aspects of Renaissance Theory." A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music. 1st ed. Ed. Jeffery T. Kite-Powell. New York: Schirmer Books, 2007. 287-316.
The Gamba Speaks. Performer/Narrator Sarah Mead. Viola da Gamba Society of America, 2003.
Finding the Slot. Performer/Narrator Sarah Mead. Viola da Gamba Society of America, 2002.
Mead, Sarah (Music Director), Michael Douma. The Feast of the Gods. National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education; Brandeis University; the U.S. Department of Education