Susan Boynton

Professor of Historical Musicology

Columbia University

Susan Boynton is Professor of Historical Musicology at Columbia University, where she joined the faculty in 2000. Her research interests include liturgy and music in medieval Western monasticism, particularly the abbey of Cluny; manuscript studies; music in the Iberian Peninsula; and music and childhood. Boynton has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has published six books. The first, Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (2006), won the Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society. Her second monograph, Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain (2011), won the Society's Robert M. Stevenson Award. Prof. Boynton coedited (with Diane Reilly) The Practice of the BIble in the Middle Ages (2011). Other coedited volumes include From Dead of Night to End of Day (2005), Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth (2006) and Young Choristers, 650-1700 (2008).