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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Fuchs

Assistant Professor

Music History and Cultures

Art and Music Histories

308 I Bowne Hall


Research Interests

Grounded in archival research, Sarah Fuchs’s scholarship cuts across disciplinary boundaries, bringing together musicology, print culture and media studies, and nationalism studies to articulate new understandings of late eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century operatic cultures. She is currently working on two books: Opera on the Line: A Technological History of French Operatic Culture, 1870-1914, which focuses on the new modes of operatic consumption, pedagogy, and performance that emerged in France alongside the telephone, the phonograph, and the camera, and Singing Beyond the Stage: Operatic Sheet Music in Britain, 1780-1837, which investigates the cultural history of operatic sheet music published in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Dr. Fuchs’s work is forthcoming in Cambridge Opera Journal and the edited collection London Voices: 1820-1840.


PhD in Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.


  • Debussy and His World
  • European Music History before 1800
  • European and American Music History after 1800
  • Film Music
  • Music, Space, and Place: Paris 1900
  • Operas of Verdi
  • Sound Culture



  • Opera on the Line: A Technological History of French Operatic Culture, 1870-1914. In preparation.
  • Singing Beyond the Stage: Operatic Sheet Music in Britain, 1780-1837. In preparation.

Articles and Chapters in Edited Collections

  • “Animating Antiquity in the Vision animée.” Special Issue on “Prima Donnas and Leading Men on the French Stage,” co-edited by Hilary Poriss and Kimberly White. Cambridge Opera Journal, forthcoming.
  • “The Castrato as Creator: Velluti’s Voice in the London Sheet-Music Market.” In London Voices (1820-1840), eds. Roger Parker and Susan Rutherford. Chicago: Chicago University Press, forthcoming.

Book Reviews

  • Invited review of Giacomo Puccini and His World, eds. Arman Schwartz and Emanuele Senici. Music & Letters 98, no. 4 (November 2017): 683-85.
  • Invited review of Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by Mary Simonson. Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 70, no. 3 (March 2015): 522-25.



  • Harvard University, Houghton Library, John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre. $3500. 2018-19.
  • American Association of University Women, American Dissertation Fellowship. $20000. 2015-16.
  • Transnational Opera Studies Conference, Award for Best Paper by a Junior Scholar. 2015.

Syracuse University

  • Central New York Mellon Humanities Corridor grant to fund working group on “Digital Humanities in Practice.” Co-organizer with Darren Mueller. $1500. 2018-19.
  • Central New York Mellon Humanities Corridor grant to fund working group on “Sound and Media.” Co-organizer with Darren Mueller. $6500. 2017-19.
  • Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship. $3000. 2018.


Inaugural Digital Humanities Research Symposium set for April 24

(April 19, 2018)

Student research within the digital space will be the focus of this campuswide event.

Eastman Museum Pianist to Discuss Music, Film in Silent Era Feb. 7

(Jan. 30, 2018)

Philip Carli will survey early 20th-century recordings by motion-picture musicians

Full Stream Ahead

(May 17, 2017)

Music historian Sarah Fuchs Sampson traces technology and access to opera

Gadoua, Renée K. “Full Stream Ahead: Music Historian Sarah Fuchs Sampson Traces Technology and Access to Opera.” SU News, May 17, 2017.

Moritz, Cyndi. “Sarah Fuchs Sampson Wins Fellowship to Research at Harvard’s Houghton Library.” SU News, April 13, 2018.