Welcome to my website. My name is Jacob Sagrans (pronunciation) and I am a musicologist who specializes in the early music revival. I am completing my PhD dissertation on “Early Music and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 1958 to 2015″ (link to dissertation abstract) at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. For the fall 2016 semester I am also working as a lecturer in music history at Tufts University.

Please read the sections below for more information about my dissertation research, my research interests, publications, and presentations, my teaching, awards and scholarships I have received, my education before graduate school, and my CV and links for more information.


Dissertation: “Early Music and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 1958 to 2015″

In my dissertation, I explore the connections between the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the early music revival, looking especially at the importance of the choir’s 109 albums of music written before 1750 as well as the role the choir has played in training performers and collaborating with period instrument ensembles. For more information, please see my dissertation abstract. I defended my dissertation in September 2016 and am currently working on the final edits. A full, finalized version of the dissertation will be available to download for free in 2017. Stay tuned for more details.


Research interests, publications, and presentations

My main research interests are in the early music revival, Renaissance and Baroque sacred choral music, Baroque opera, performance practice, and music in relation to gender and sexuality. I have published an article on virtuosity in Clara Schumann’s piano music (Musicological Explorations, vol. 11, 2010) and performance practice for seconda prattica madrigals (Grinnell College Mortar Board Academic Journal, 2009), and have a contribution in a Festschrift for pioneering Canadian early keyboard player Kenneth Gilbert (in press, Routledge).

I have presented my research at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (2014), the Baltic Musics and Musicologies conference (2011), the Canadian University Music Society conference (2012 and 2016), the Jackman Humanities Institute (2011), the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference (2013 and 2014), the Roots of Revival conference (2014), the Société québécoise de recherche en musique graduate student paper competition (2015), and at the University of Ottawa graduate music conference (2013).

Much of my writing can be accessed on my Academia.edu page.



I have taught and am currently teaching undergraduate students majoring in music as well as undergraduate students majoring in other fields with little-to-no musical background. The classes I taught (or am currently teaching) are: The Art of Listening (music appreciation for non-majors); Baroque Music (upper-level elective for music majors); The History of Western Music, 900 to 1750 AD (mid-level history survey for music majors); and Introduction to Western Music (music appreciation for non-majors). I have also been a teaching assistant for music history survey courses and writing-intensive courses for music majors at McGill and have tutored students in writing and music identification skills.


Awards and scholarshops

I have received several awards and scholarships, including the Quebec merit scholarship for foreign doctoral students (2012–15), the Trustee Honor Scholarship at Grinnell College (2005–2009), and the McGill Award for Equity and Community Building (2014). In 2015 I was a finalist in the graduate student paper competition of the Société québécoise de recherche en musique.


Previous education

In 2009 I graduated from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in music. At Grinnell my studies were focused on music history, voice, and piano. I was a member of the Grinnell Singers as well as the Collegium Musicum.


More information

For more details about my education, research, and teaching, please see my CV. You may also wish to check out my blog, my calendarother relevant links, and my contact info.