Assistant Professor of Music

Sara Gross Ceballos received her Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in music from Colby College. Her dissertation “Keyboard Portraits: Performing Character in the Eighteenth Century” explores how keyboard works functioned as portraits—of subjects of character pieces, of patron-performers, or of composers—through the aural, kinesthetic and visual dimensions of performance. This research was supported by a Dissertation Year Fellowship and Research Mentorship Year Fellowship from UCLA. She has received several awards for her research, including the Herman and Celia Wise Prize for her chapter on “François Couperin and the Idea of Caractère” and the Professor Ciro Zoppo award for her archival research and lecture recital on the music of French fortepianist and composer Anne Louise Brillon de Jouy. She is a past winner of the Ingolf Dahl competition for the best graduate student paper at a joint meeting of Pacific Southwest and Northern California chapters of the American Musicological Society with her paper “Scarlatti and the Spanish Body: Cultural Influence in the Keyboard Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti.”

Some of her other interests include manifestations of divine love in the seventeenth-century villancico and postcolonial studies, a field in which she won second place in a paper competition sponsored by the University of California Transnational and Transcolonial Study Group with a paper focused on musical allusion in the work of Algerian author Assia Djebar. In addition, she is an avid pianist and amateur harpsichordist.

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