Margot Fassler

Keough-Hesburgh Professor, Music History and Liturgy

Margot  Fassler


Ph.D., Medieval Studies with a specialization in Music History, Cornell University
M.Phil., Cornell University
M.A., Music History, Syracuse University


Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, is the Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame and she serves on the faculty of both the Departments of Music and of Theology, and she is a fellow of the Medieval Institute and of the Nanovic Institute. She is the Robert Tangeman Professor Emerita of Music History at Yale University. Professor Fassler is a music historian who gives the liturgy primary emphasis in her scholarly publications and her teaching. Her books, edited volumes, and articles focus on the Latin Middle Ages from around 800-1300, but she has strong interests in contemporary sacred music and ritual, and in American song, singers, and song collections. She is now writing a book on Hildegard of Bingen and has recently completed several books that work on liturgy and the arts. Fassler’s “Music and Worship in the USA” studies ritual out of observation; Fassler is herself a documentary filmmaker focusing on communities of song. She recently finished (with Christian Jara) the short documentary: Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Coptic Chant in Jersey CityRecent publications include four books: Music in the Medieval West and its Anthology (WW Norton, 2014 and 2015); Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent (with Jeffery Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, and Susan Marti; 2016); and Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy, and the Shaping of History, 800-1500 (ed. with Katie Bugyis and Andrew Krabel; 2017). She has also recently written a number of articles and book chapters, including a forthcoming study in the Cambridge History of Medieval Music. Her chapter on a newly discovered office for John the Baptist (with Jeffrey Hamburger) appeared in Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound (ed. Susan Boyton and Diane Reilly; 2015), which garnered the Ruth A. Solie Award of the American Musicological Society in 2016. Fassler recently completed her term as the President of the Medieval Academy of America, and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Medieval Academy of America; she was named an honorary member of the American Musicological Society in 2016.


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