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ABOUT US

Cappella Clausura promotes the performance of music created by women, which has often languished unheard. Our repertoire ranges from cloistered nuns of the 9th century to an increasingly diverse group of contemporary women composers. 

What’s In a Name?


Cappella Clausura’s name was inspired by the many female composers imprisoned in the cloisters (“in clausura”) of 17th century Italy. During this period, roughly 56% of patrician daughters disappeared into convents. Our name continues to serve as a metaphor for the cultural obstacles faced by women composers throughout history, and still in the present day.

Photo: Sam Brewer

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Photo: Sam Brewer

Cappella Clausura Today

 

Over the past seventeen years, Cappella Clausura has performed an ever-widening repertoire for enthusiastic audiences in concert halls and churches, as well as academic and virtual settings. Our concerts have included music by Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary composers. We have also been privileged to have had compositions written especially for us by a growing number of living composers. Click here to view a complete list of our repertoire.

 

In addition to releasing our own recordings, Cappella Clausura is a Parma artist, with two recordings now available on the Navona label: our 2016 recording of Hilary Tann's brilliant “Exultet Terra” and Patricia Van Ness's luminous “Birds of the Psalms”, released November 2017. You can experience segments of these pieces, as well as other performances, on our website or Youtube channel. You can also purchase our albums here.

Our Artists

 

The core of our ensemble is eight-to-sixteen singers who perform a cappella, as well as with instruments appropriate to the repertoire. Both our singers and players are drawn from Boston’s superb pool of freelancers; they are accomplished professionals who perform widely as soloists and ensemble musicians in Greater Boston and beyond.

Click here to read more about the artists in our ensemble.

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Photo: Eric Antoniou

Our Team

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Holly Druckman, Artistic Director

 

Boston-based conductor Holly Druckman is in demand as a smart, sensitive performer of early and contemporary music, and is quickly gaining recognition as a champion of unjustly overlooked repertoire. In addition to Cappella Clausura, she is the director of the ensembles Carduus, Vox Lucens, Opera51 (Choirmaster) and Nightsong (Co-Director of Beneficia Lucis). Ms. Druckman has also appeared as a guest conductor for the Seraphim Singers, the New England Conservatory, the Commonwealth Chorale, and Odyssey Opera (Choirmaster and Assistant Conductor). In her capacity as an advocate of new music, she has premiered, performed, and recorded music by composers Stratis Minakakis, Ty Bouque, Derek David, Linda Chase, Max Grafe, Jacob Druckman, Tonia Ko, Donnacha Dennehy, and others. Ms. Druckman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where she was the 2018 recipient of the Gunther Schuller Prize. More information about Ms. Druckman may be found at druckmanholly.com.

Photo by Eric Antinou

Elizabeth Moore, Executive Director

Elizabeth Moore is a humorous and excitable creative writer and musical enthusiast! With a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing/Literature and Film/New Media, Elizabeth has worked with a wide range of storytelling and creation in many forms. She has been a part of many musical ensemble groups growing up, both as a saxophone player and an alto section member. She has over three years of experience as a musical director of the all-female and non-binary/genderqueer a cappella group the Wheaton Whims.  

 

With the ability to see things from a unique creative point of view, Elizabeth is able to bring an exciting new edge to Cappella Clausura. “There’s nothing better than pioneering the arts- especially if it’s at the intersection of women and music,” Elizabeth is always telling close personal friends and acquaintances. “I just want to use my abilities and passion as best as I can to cultivate and support this growing community of music makers and creatives!” 

Board of Directors

Urban Larson, President
Martha Bancroft, Vice-President
Peter Pulsifer, Treasurer
Abby Rosenberg, Clerk
Shannon Larkin, Chorus Rep
Elena Ruehr
Lawson Daves
Amelia LeClair
Jim Merola
Robin Stein

Additional Staff

Chorus Manager, Tony Garza

Stage Manager, Sheldon Ross

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"...pure gold..."
"...inspired and gifted..."
"Rich and resplendent..."
"...beautiful and resonant..."
"impeccable unison tuning, liquid dexterity..."

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