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B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
Office: Jewett Arts Center, Room 203

Claire Fontijn
Professor of Music

Interests include early music in Western Europe 1100-1750, gender and music, the resuscitation and performance of women’s music, and the history of music at Wellesley College.

Along with Professor of Religion Sharon Elkins, I developed a course on Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that has been offered regularly since 1999, in which students learn about both disciplines, along with art history, medicine, an unknown language, politics, and cosmology  (Music/Religion 224).  We will offer the course for the last time in Spring 2018.  I enjoy introducing students to the distant culture of early music in Part One of the History of Western Music (Music 200), and to the intellectual, cultural, and musical aspects of Music, Gender, and Sexuality (Music 222).  My other teaching interest focuses on the Lied (German art song) and the chanson (French song).

Beyond music, my passions are in language, and literature. I enjoy speaking, reading, and translating Italian, French, German, and Dutch, and have recently studied Latin—all languages that are essential to my archival and historical research.  Memberships include the International Musicological Society, the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and Early Music America.  I serve on the Corporation of the Boston Early Music Festival and on the Board of La Donna Musicale.

Current research projects include a history of music at Wellesley College, and the reconstruction and history of the ten-stringed psaltery by Joachim of Fiore (circa 1135-March 30, 1202).

My books:

-Desperate Measures:  The Life and Music of Antonia Padoani Bembo (Cloth, 2006; Paper, 2013);jsessionid=5B2889F59B89A419E341A3B805B05782?cc=us&lang=en&

-Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger (Music & Letters, 2011, pps 641-643)

-The Vision of Music in Saint Hildegard's Scivias:  Synthesizing Image, Text, Notation, and Theory (Paper, 2013)

Out of print—available from the author.