Sara Pecknold

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Music

Contact Information:

Sara Pecknold, Ph.D.
134 Christendom Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630


About Me

Dr. Sara Pecknold holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology with a minor in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America, where she served as a lecturer in the History of Sacred Music and directed the Sacred Music Consort from 2016 to 2022. Dr. Pecknold has presented at numerous conferences and institutions, including Christendom College’s Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Series (2020 and 2022), the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (2012), the Annual Conference of the American Musicological Society (2016), the International Institute for Culture (2017), Seton Hall University’s Monsignor Cafone Lecture (2019), and Princeton University’s “Strozzi ’400,” which celebrated the fourth centennial of the birth of the prolific seventeenth-century composer, Barbara Strozzi (2019). In March of 2016, Dr. Pecknold appeared on BBC Three’s Composer of the Week series on the life and music of Barbara Strozzi. Her articles have appeared in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion,  New Blackfriars, the Catholic Herald, Christendom College’sInstaurare and Catholic Arts Today, a publication of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship.  Dr. Pecknold’s current research concerns Marian art and music created throughout the Church’s history, Eucharistic devotion in seventeenth-century Venice, and the role of music in Counter-Reformation mystical theology. At Catholic University, Dr. Pecknold was the founding director of the Concerts spirituels, a sacred music concert series honoring the liturgical calendar. She is currently Visiting Professor of Liturgical Music at Christendom College. Also a professional soprano, Dr. Pecknold has often served as a cantor in her home parish, the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, Virginia. She lives in Alexandria with her husband and five children.



Ph.D. in Historical Musicology with a minor in Vocal Performance, The Catholic University of America



Courses Taught

  • Our Lady in Music and Art (MUSC/ THEO 400)
  • Great Choral Works of Our Catholic Faith (MUSC 492)
  • Ratzinger’s Writings on Sacred Music (MUSC 493)
  • Sacred Music in Venice (MUSC 495)
  • Private Voice Lessons (MUSC 311)
  • Practicum for Theology of Worship and Its Music (MUSC 304)