Sarah Fritz is a writer, musician, and public musicologist. Her passionate advocacy on social media seeks to change the dialogue around marginalized musicians and composers in classical music. An expert on the history of Clara Schumann, her popular Twitter account is dedicated to telling truths and debunking myths around the infamous composer/pianist. She’s an in-demand speaker and lecturer, most recently at Northeastern University and at the launch of the Cambridge University Press book, Clara Schumann Studies.
Her writing on Clara Schumann re-examines with a modern lens one of the most powerful musicians in classical music history. Fritz places Schumann’s music and life in relevant context using overlooked research that includes fresh perspectives on Schumann’s personal and professional relationships with her husband, Robert, and her close professional friend, Johannes Brahms.
Fritz’s work has appeared in numerous publications including VAN Magazine, The Schubertian, and American Guild of Organists Magazine. She maintains an in-depth research blog and a monthly newsletter on Clara Schumann with a novel forthcoming (seeking representation). She holds an M.M. from Eastman School of Music and a B.M. from Westminster Choir College.
For writing, speaking, or consult inquiries, email claraschumannchannel [at] gmail [dot] com. (Please do not send unsolicited music or writing. Thank you.)
“Wieck Spot: Advocating for the music of Clara Schumann” for VAN Magazine
Presentation at the launch of Clara Schumann Studies published with Cambridge University Press March 2022
“Did Clara Schumann believe women shouldn’t compose?” for the Donne Foundation
For the daily tweet digest, her Twitter account is @sarahfritzwritr. To get new blog posts and writing updates in your inbox, here’s the newsletter. The Clara Schumann Channel is on YouTube and also on Instagram and TikTok with the same handle @SarahFritzWritr.
There’s nothing I love more than answering questions or gabbing about the amazingly, fascinating Queen of the Piano. My DMs are open on all social media platforms! And if you don’t know much about Clara Schumann yet, start with her Highlights Reel.
Under her singer hat as mezzo-soprano Sarah Sensenig, she is a member of the voice faculty of the Westminster Conservatory at Rider University. She sings in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Symphonic Choir whose 2022 season highlights included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Carnegie Hall and the world premiere of Puts’s The Hours. Sarah debuted with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre in the title role of Handel’s Alcina, and her other operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nancy in Albert Herring, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. She enjoys giving recitals with her pianist husband, especially in singing the Lieder of her favorite composer, Clara Schumann.