Sara Pecknold

Academic Area

  • Sacred Music
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Sara Pecknold holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with a minor in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America, as well as an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy. Her research interests include medieval and early modern sacred music, devotional and liturgical intertextuality, music and hagiography, and women composers of sacred music. Her article, “Relics, Processions, and the Sounding of Affections: Barbara Strozzi, the Archduchess of Innsbruck, and Saint Anthony of Padua,” appeared in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion in 2016. Her current projects concern devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Christ in early modern Europe and the reception of the writings of Saint Bridget of Sweden in seventeenth-century Venice. In 2016, she read a paper at the Annual Conference of the American Musicological Society, and in 2017, she served as a guest lecturer for the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia. In March of 2016, Dr. Pecknold appeared on BBC Three’s Composer of the Week Series on Barbara Strozzi. Also a professional soprano, Dr. Pecknold continues to promote the performance of early sacred music, most recently in her institution of a monthly concert series at Catholic University, the Concerts spirituels (partly inspired by the early modern Parisian series of the same name). The Concerts spirituels regularly feature the Catholic University Sacred Music Consort, an early music ensemble under Dr. Pecknold’s direction.