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Sabine Feisst

Sabine Feisst

Professor, School of Music, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


School of Music
Arizona State University
PO Box 870405
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405


  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Music, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Honors Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College


Sabine Feisst holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Free University of Berlin. She served on the faculty at Bard College and the University of Notre Dame before joining Arizona State University in 2002. Her research interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century music. In the last five years she has also explored ecomusicology, a nascent field of scholarly inquiry centering on interrelationships between music, culture and nature and on ecocriticism and sustainability. Having authored essays on ecologically conscious composers in Europe and the United States, she is currently working on a monograph on music and ecology, preparing the Oxford Handbook of Ecomusicology and, together with Denise Von Glahn, she is editing the book series “Music, Nature, Place” under contract with Indiana University Press. She teaches a graduate course on Music, Nature and Sustainability (MHL 691) in which students study environmental philosophies, acoustic ecology, animal studies, bioacoustics and questions of sustainability with regard to musical instrument building and performance.


  • PhD, Musicology, Free University of Berlin, 1995
  • Erstes Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien (equals Masters), French LIterature, Goethe Universität, 1990
  • Erstes Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien (equals Masters), Music Education, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, 1987




Feisst, S. ed. 2018. Schoenberg's Correspondence with American Composers. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780195383577.



Paine, G., V. S. Berisha, H. Rowe, K. Hoefer, A. P. Singh, S. Puranam, S. Feisst and S. J. Hall. 2018. EcoSonics – Psychoacoustic diversity modeling for environmental management in McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Jaunary 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )