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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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Our 20th Season Lifts All the Boats!

October 14th @ 8pm

Grace Church 

76 Eldredge St,

Newton, MA 02458

October 15th @ 4pm

Emmanuel Church

15 Newbury St,

Boston, MA 02116

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.

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November 18th @ 8pm

First Unitarian Society in Newton

1325 Washington St,

West Newton, MA 02465

November 19th @ 3pm

Emmanuel Church

15 Newbury St,

Boston, MA 02116

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.

March 3rd @ 4pm

Emmanuel Church

15 Newbury St,

Boston, MA 02116

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 Shift Orchestra Project.

April 27th @ 8pm

Grace Church 

76 Eldredge St,

Newton, MA 02458

April 28th @ 4pm

Emmanuel Church

15 Newbury St,

Boston, MA 02116

Closing out our season in May, we return to Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, the nun 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 20 years of lifting up women composers has been joined by the rising tide of equity in the arts to lift all the boats.

This season features some of our most ambitious and collaborative projects to date.

None of it would be possible without our most important collaborator: YOU.

Your support goes directly to making sure our professional singers and players receive fair compensation.

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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.

“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

Photo: Eric Antinou

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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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