Claire Fontijn

Claire Fontijn
Curriculum Vitae
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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 148

Claire Fontijn

Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

Scholar of the history of music with specialization in early music and women composers.

Along with Professor of Religion Sharon Elkins, I developed a course on composer and abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that has been offered regularly since 1999. Students learn about both disciplines, along with art history, medicine, an unknown language, politics, and cosmology (Music/Religion 224, Spring 2020). Laura Jeppesen and I teach "Musicke's Recreation", in which students have hands-on experience with Renaissance musical instruments and learn about the social milieu of music-making in 16th- and 17th-century Italy and England (Music 200, Fall 2019). I will be teaching The Classical and Romantic Symphony (Music 201, Spring 2020), which will have a special focus on the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra's performance of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony.

Beyond music, 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.

My current research is completing an anthology with Routledge: Uncovering Music of Early European Women (1250-1750).


-Desperate Measures:  The Life and Music of Antonia Padoani Bembo (Cloth, 2006; Paper, 2013)

-Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger (Harmonie Park Press, 2010)

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