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Welcome to Cappella Clausura, your home for all things at the intersection of women and music. Women have always been a part of classical music; it’s our job to make sure the world knows.

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Announcing 20 for 20, Our Platinum Season!


Our season will start in October with Hilary Tann’s Exultet Terra, as an homage to our very dear friend who passed away this year. This exhilarating 45-minute work for double reed quintet and double choir dispels the notion that women can only write for the salon.

Performed with oboist Jennifer Slowik and friends.


In November, we offer Das Jahr (The Year), a stunning, extended work for solo piano by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, based on the cyclical nature of time. We’ll break up the months with seasonings of vocal quartets by Hensel and Clara Schumann– adding a bit of spice to the commemoration of a year gone by.

Performed with guest pianist Lois Shapiro.


For Women’s History Month in March, we are thrilled to present the New England premiere of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D. This concert, with full romantic orchestra, will be offered only once. The program is the world premiere of Amelia LeClair's new edition of the work, and will be the culmination of six years of dedicated research.

Performed with with Shift Orchestra Project.


Closing out our season in May, we return to the nuns who gave Cappella Clausura our name with Music of the Italian Convents. In partnership with Handel & Haydn’s Chorus of Sopranos and Altos, we will honor Cappella Clausura’s past while cementing the historical presence of women in music with the works that initially inspired us to begin this ensemble two decades ago.

Performed with Handel & Haydn Chorus of Sopranos and Altos.

Our twentieth year will feature some of our most ambitious and collaborative projects to date. None of it will be possible without our most important collaborator: YOU.


Your support will allow us to mount these singular programs and secure the legacy of this ensemble as we close this chapter with the fanfare it deserves.


Will you help us reach our $20,000 goal by making a donation before June 30th?

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Recognize the meaningful contributions that women have made to the world of classical music.


Reconnect contemporary artists with the complex and often-overlooked history of underrepresented artists in this field.


Reclaim, through courageous and innovative programming, the narrative from which women have been erased.

Reimagine what classical music can be and who can claim a place in the canon.

What We Do

Photo: Sam Brewer

Artistic Director Amelia LeClair, wearing glasses and a gold and black jacket, smiles against a black background.
Photo: Eric Antinou

“We are compelled to undo the erasure of women in the field of classical music. This work is essential because, even today, we don’t know our own history nor women's contributions to it: young women and men don’t learn about the generations of women who contributed to the field of classical music, and so they grow up thinking that female composers are a modern phenomenon.  The next generation of audiences and artists needs role models– not just from yesterday, but from decades and centuries ago. The good news? We have them.”

–Amelia LeClair, Artistic Director

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Thank You!

You are the reason we’ve made it this far. Through your generous donations and engagement with our virtual programming, you have helped us come back stronger and bolder than ever. We thank you for sticking with us every step of the way and look forward to seeing what the future holds.

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Photo: Sam Brewer

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