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  • Sabrina Clarke, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Theory

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Theory
    University of Delaware
    310 Amy E. du Pont Music Building
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​​Sabrina Clarke is a composer and pianist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been performed internationally at venues including Felix Meritis Hall in Amsterdam, the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France and Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in NYC. Her music has also been featured at various conferences and festivals, including the Society of Composers Region III Conference and the Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival.

    Dr. Clarke completed her Ph.D. in Music at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2016, with a focus on composition and emphases in piano and teaching in higher education. Her cross-disciplinary dissertation explores how Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola's musical language shows the influence of the nonlinear narratives and temporal ideologies utilized by authors James Joyce and Marcel Proust. Her continuing research examines how this nonlinear narrative trope influenced various composers in the latter half of the 20th century.

    In 2015, Dr. Clarke was a recipient of the Presser Graduate Music Award, which funded archival research at the Fondo Luigi Dallapiccola at the Archivio Contemporaneo Bonsanti in Florence, Italy, and the Dallapiccola/Dwight Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She has presented her research on Dallapiccola at numerous professional conferences, including meetings of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (MTSMA) and the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Musicological Society (AMS), and at various institutions including Rutgers University, the University of Florid, and Temple University.

    In addition to Temple University, where she also earned her M.M. in composition, Dr. Clarke is an alumnus of the European American Musical Alliance Summer Music Program held in Paris, France, where she earned distinction in harmony. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from McDaniel College with her B.A. in music theory and composition, receiving the Class of 1938 Award for Excellence in Music as a senior. She is also an alumnus of the Hood College Music Preparatory Program, where she received training in piano, theory and composition.

    Dr. Clarke teaches music theory courses at the University of Delaware and Temple University, as well as private instruction in piano and composition.



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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578