Sara Ballance


PhD Musicology, Spring 2017


Sara Ballance is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at UCSB, where she was the 2015 recipient of the Stanley Krebs Memorial Prize in Musicology. She holds undergraduate degrees in Violin Performance, Music Theory, and Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, and a master's degree in Pedagogy of Music Theory from Eastman. At UCSB, Sara served as a Graduate Affiliates Program Scholar within the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center for their 2015-16 series, "The Humanities and the Brain," and she previously worked as a research assistant in the Eastman Music Cognition Lab. She has presented research at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, and will present at the American Musicological Society's national conference this fall. Her dissertation work has been supported by a Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant from UCSB and a graduate fellowship from the Siff Family Educational Foundation; during the 2016-17 academic year, she will be supported by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.