High School Division

2013 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. Please note that this is a list of faculty from the 2013 season. 2014 faculty will be announced soon.

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Sara Haefeli, Music HistorySara Haefeli, Music History
Assistant Professor, Music Theory, History, and Composition, Ithaca College; Ph.D., University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Sara Haefeli is assistant professor of music history at Ithaca College.  She is a specialist in the music of the American Avant Garde, especially focusing on the work of John Cage.  Her scholarship has been published in the journal American Music and presented at national conferences, most notably at the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society.  Other areas of specialization include the Second Viennese School, musical semiotics, social theory, and American popular music.

Dr. Haefeli’s upcoming speaking invitations include the “Center for Integrated Arts Education Institute” (June 12-15), the “The Harry Partch Legacy: Microtonal Constructions and Intercultural Dialogues Symposium and Festival” (September 19-21), the “John Cage Festival” at the University of Colorado, Boulder (October 8-12), and the Nuit d'Hiver Festival in Marseille, France (December 14-21).

Professor Haefeli teaches music history, theory, philosophy of creativity seminars, and integrated arts education courses.  She studied for her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she was recognized as an outstanding educator.  In 1994 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research Mahler and his contemporaries in fin-de-siecle Vienna.

In addition to her scholarly work, Haefeli was co-director of the Open Space Festival for New Music, in Greeley, Colorado from 2009-2011.  She is also an accomplished cellist.  She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician, specializing in both early music and contemporary music performance.  She particularly enjoyed performing as a member of the psychedelic bluegrass trio The Prairie Pranksters.

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