Margot Fassler

Director, Sacred Music at Notre Dame
Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy

Disciplines: Musicology, Theology

Education

  • MA in Musicology, Syracuse University
  • MPhil, Cornell University
  • PhD, Cornell University

Professional Biography

Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, University of Notre Dame, is Director of the Program in Sacred Music and Tangeman Professor of Music History, Emerita, Yale University. Recent books include Music in the Medieval West and its accompanying Anthology (New York, 2014); (with Jeffery Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, and Susan Marti) Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent, 2 vols. (Munster, 2016), and Medieval Cantors and Their Craft (ed. with Katie Bugyis and AB Kraebel) York Medieval Press, 2017. Fassler is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a former President of the Medieval Academy of America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society. Her digital work includes documentary studies of contemporary congregations. Her book: Cosmos, Liturgy and the Arts in the Twelfth Century: Hildegard’s Illuminated Scivias is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press. A digital model of creation and cosmos based on the illuminations of Scivias (with Christian Jara) will appear in 2021. These works have been supported by grants from the Luce Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the ACLS. In 2019-20, Fassler was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Representative Publications, Performances, and Creative Work

  • "Women and Their Sequences: An Overview and a Case Study," Speculum 94 (2019): 625-673.
  • “Images and Chants for a Digital Model of the Cosmos,” in the Journal of the Alamire Foundation 9/1 (2017): 161-178. “The Victorines and Medieval Liturgy,” in The Companion to the Abbey of St. Victor, ed. Hugh Feiss and Juliet Mousseau, (Brill, 2017), 389-421.
  • “Shaping the Historical Dunstan: Many Lives and a Musical Office,” in Medieval Cantors and Their Craft: Music, Liturgy, and the Shaping of History, ed. Katie Bugyis, Andrew D. Kraebel, and Margot Fassler (York Medieval Press of Boydell and Brewer, 2017), 125-150.
  • With Jeffery Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, and Susan Marti, Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent. 2 vols. Munster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2016.

Email: mfassler@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-0384
Office: 542 O'Neill Hall of Music

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