The MISSION

Cappella Clausura: 12 Centuries of New Music:

Founded in 2004 by choral director Amelia LeClair to research, study and perform the music of women composers, award-winning Cappella Clausura brings exquisite performances of music by women to today’s audiences, fostering an appreciation of the role of women as composers throughout history, and bringing women composers into the classical canon.  Our repertoire extends from the earliest known music by women, dating from the 9th century, to the music of our own time.  The core of the vocal ensemble is eight-to-sixteen singers who perform a cappella, and with period instruments appropriate to the repertoire. Both singers and players are drawn from Boston’s superb pool of freelancers, all accomplished professionals who perform widely as soloists and ensemble musicians in Greater Boston and beyond.

Cappella Clausura’s name was inspired by the many gifted and musically educated cloistered nuns (“in clausura”) in 17th century Italy, such as Raffaella Aleotti, Chiara Cozzolani, Bianca Maria Meda, Caterina Assandra, Sulpitia Cesis, and more. It continues to serve as a metaphor for the cultural obstacles faced by women composers throughout history, and even to the present day.

CONTACT US
PO Box 600100
Newtonville, MA 02460
617-993-0013
manager@clausura.org
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Cappella Clausura's programs are sponsored in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Newton Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council

as administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Amelia LeClair is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center

Cappella Clausura is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium

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