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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.


Photo: Eric Antoniou

Our Team

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

Photo by Eric Antinou

Amelia LeClair, Artistic Director


As a researcher, educator, and conductor, Amelia LeClair has dedicated her career to the study and performance of works by female composers. After receiving her Master of Music in choral conducting, Amelia founded Cappella Clausura in 2004 with the intention of enlightening audiences about female composers throughout history and bringing this music into the canon– where it belongs. She has been a champion for historical and contemporary composers alike, excavating works that haven’t been performed for centuries and commissioning music from a diverse array of living female composers.


Over the past two decades, Amelia has leveraged her wisdom and passion in the service of many local arts institutions, including Choral Arts New England, the Newton Cultural Council, the Greater Boston Choral Consortium, and more; she is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She has shared her expertise with Women’s Media Center Live, WBUR's HereandNow, and the Medieval Studies Institute, among others. Over the course of her career, Amelia has been celebrated not only for her dedication to this cause and mastery of her craft, but for her ability to lead this field with insight, creativity, and compassion.

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

Robin Stein, President
Martha Bancroft, Vice-President
Urban Larson, Treasurer
Abby Rosenberg, C
Shannon Larkin, Chorus Rep
Helen Berger
Harold Dufour

Amelia LeClair
Jim Merola
Garrow Throop

John Wolff

Additional Staff

Sam Brewer, Photographer

Garrow Throop, Graphic Design Consultant


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"...inspired and gifted..."
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"...beautiful and resonant..."
"impeccable unison tuning, liquid dexterity..."

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