Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival

Western Chant Immersion

Date: Nov 12, 2016 Time: 10:30 AM–11:15 AM Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room Address: 50 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445-7415

Amelia LeClair, Cappella Clausura founder and director, introduces participants to the western chant tradition from the Liber Usualis to Hildegard von Bingen.

About the Speaker

Amelia LeClair, Cappella Clausura, Newtonville, MA

Amelia LeClair founded Cappella Clausura in 2004 to research, study and perform the music of women composers. She is Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Ms. Eclair received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from UMass/Boston and her Master of Music in choral conducting from New England Conservatory, studying with Simon Carrington. She made her conducting debut in Boston’s Jordan Hall in March of 2002.

In addition to her work with Cappella Clausura, Ms. LeClair has conducted workshops for the Syracuse Schola Cantorum, Concord’s Ars & Amici, and Greater Boston Choral Consortium. As a Brandeis Visiting Scholar, she has presented lecture demonstrations at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center and at Regis College. She is former director of Schola Nocturna, a compline choir at the Episcopal Parish of the Messiah in Newton, of Coro Stella Maris, a Renaissance a cappella choir in Gloucester, and of the children's choirs for First Unitarian Society in Newton.

Currently, Ms. LeClair serves as director of choirs at the Church of St Andrew in Marblehead and of Vermilion, a quartet singing a unique Unitarian Vespers service she created for the First Unitarian Society in Newton.