Sarah Schmalenberger is a hornist and musicologist in the Twin Cities who teaches courses in music history and horn at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research interests stem from a basic theme of music and identity. David, her spouse of 29 years, is a jazz drumset player and percussionist and is the assistant head of drum studies at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Sarah and David are active and enthusiastic musicians, and we enjoy traveling to learn about music in other cultures.
Sarah’s most ambitious research project explored how breast cancer treatment affects the livelihoods of women musician. She was the Principal Investigator of the study - The Life and Livelihood Study and the data has been published in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. A current research project, "Rockin' it Local" seeks to document the experiences of all-female rock bands in the Twin Cities. Her specialties are: Qualitative Research; Musicology; Orchestral Performance; Chamber Music Performance; Diversity and Pedagogy of Diversity; Breast Cancer and Musicians. Visit her website.