• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
  • Production Credits
  • Professional Experience
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Sarah Mahler Kraaz

Professor of Music Emerita

[email protected]

Office: Rodman Demmer, ext. 8791 (Mitchell)

Basic Information


  • D.M.A. University of Kansas, Lawrence
  • M.M. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A. Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan

Courses Taught

New Courses:

  • Music and War
  • Music and Art

Other Courses Taught:

  • Medieval/Renaissance Music Styles
  • Baroque/Classical Music Styles
  • Women in Music
  • Twentieth-Century Popular American Music
  •  Private Lessons (Piano, Organ, and Harpsichord)

ACM Florence Program (2012 and 2016)

  • Music in Art: Hearing the Story in European Art 1350-1700
  • Music Patronage and Power in Florence, Past and Present

Awards & Honors

  • Recipient, contract with Routledge to edit a volume, Music and War in the United States, 2017
  • Underkofler Award for Teaching, 2016
  • Recipient, Faculty Career Enhancement Grant (FaCE), Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 2006 for composition and organ recitals in Scotland
  • Scholarly-artistic grant, 2006 for private composition study with James Chaudoir, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Consultant, Ripon Public Schools music curriculum audit, 2004
  • Recipient, special scholarly artistic grant (Ripon College), historic keyboard instruments in Scotland (2004) and for historic organ study in Germany (2002)
  • Recipient, Global Studies Grant 2001, for recitals in Europe in summer 2002
  • Recipient, Special Scholarly-Artistic grants for research in the Women Composers/Collection at the University of Michigan (1996) and for study with Michael Radulescu (1998)
  • Recipient, May Bumby Severy Teaching Award (1994, 2002)
  • Curriculum Development grants (2000, 2002)
  • Recipient, Faculty Travel Grant (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003)
  • Recipient, Ripon College Womens Studies Grant, 1995



  • Editor, with Charlotte DeMille (Courtauld Institute, London), The Handbook of Music and Art (in progress, Bloomsbury Press, est. DOP 2023)
  • Reviewer of music and war bibliography, ProQuest database Music and Social Change (2021)
  • Editor, Music, and War in the United States (Routledge, 2018)
  • Music for the Queen of Heaven in Early Fifteenth-Century Italian Paintings,” Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography, volume 39 (Spring-Fall 2014)
  • Three Scottish Folksong: “Turn Ye to Me,” “Donald, O Donald,” “Where Sleepest Thou my Dearie,” for SSA, piano, and oboe, accepted for publication by Alliance Publications Inc.
  • “Horo, my Brown-haired Maiden,” for TTBB and piano
  • Three Sea Chanteys: “Western Ocean,” “The Wind Blow East,” “The high Barbaree,” for SATB and instruments, accepted for publication by Alliance Publications Inc.
  • “A Caledonian Odyssey: Historical Keyboard Instruments in Scotland,” The Diapason, August 2005
  • Sonata in G major, Op. 8; “Six Variations on a Favorite Roman Air,” by Veronika Dussek Cianchettini. Edited by Sarah Mahler Hughes (“ClarNan Editions” CN 38, 1999)
  • “An Interview with Miriam Clapp Duncan”, “The Diapason,” October 1999
  • “Veronika Cianchettini (1769-1833),” with Ursula Rempel, in “Music by Women through the Ages,” vol. 3 (G. K. Hall Reference Series, 1998)
  • Review of new organ music and CDs for “The Diapason,” 1998-present

Areas of Interest

  • Music and art
  • Women in music
  • Organ music
  • Choral music
  • Historical keyboard instruments
  • Historical keyboard repertoire
  • Interdisciplinary roles of music in art, general culture, and wartime
  • Historic pipe organs of Europe

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • College Music Association
  • College Art Association
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Concert Artist Cooperative Agency
  • American Musicological Assn 
  • Society for American Music 


  • Choral piece, "The Oxen," performed by Chamber Singers, Dec. 2019
  • Organ soloist in Handel's Organ Concerto in G minor with Ripon College Orchestra, May 10, 2018
  • Organ recitals, Union Congregational Church, Waupun, WI (Feb 2016) (Brevard College (March 2016), St. Helena Parish Church, Beaufort, SC (March 2015)
  • Directed Collegium Musicum concerts, December 2008 (in conjunction w/ Choral Union), Ripon College, April 2009
  • Organist, Choral Union concert, Ripon College, April 2009
  • Organ recital, Ripon College, February 2009
  • Review of new organ music, The Diapason, February 2009
  • Guest artist (organ), Pine Mountain Music Festival, Houghton, MI (recitals in Iron Mountain, Ishpeming, and Lake Linden, MI), June 2008
  • The Collegium Musicum, in their first off-campus performance in 20 years, sang Palestrina’s Missa Brevis during a Latin Mass at the Church of St. Therese, Appleton, Wisconsin, November 2008
  • Organ recitals, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2006
  • Recitalist, Noon Recital Series, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter, AGO, 2000-2006
  • Organ recitals, Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin, 2004, 2005
  • XV Festival Storici Organi della Valesia, Piemonte, Italy 2002
  • “Two Eighteenth-Century Settings of “Adeste Fideles“, presented at the Southeast Historical Keyboard Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, March 2001
  • “Da Capo al Fine: But Where Is the Ending?” presented at fifth annual Liberal Arts Symposium, Ripon College, February 1998

Production/Performance Credits

Performance Samples

Professional Experience

  • Selected as a participant in the CIC seminar, Sight and Sound in Renaissance and Baroque Europe [c.1300-1700], June 2016.