Associate Professor of Music History and Coordinator of Music History and Literature
B.M., Ohio State University (Phi Beta Kappa); M.M., University of Texas at Austin; M.F.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University
Before coming to Loyola in 2000, Alice Clark taught at the University of Notre Dame,
Dr. Clark’s scholarship focuses on late-medieval music, especially aspects of the motet in fourteenth-century France, and her work in that area has appeared in journals such as Plainsong and Medieval Music and the Journal of Musicology, as well as essay collections such as Fauvel Studies: Allegory, Chronicle, Music, and Image in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS Français 146 and Citation and Authority in Medieval and Renaissance Musical Culture: Learning from the Learned. Her article on the medieval motet for the On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies can be found at http://the-orb.net/encyclop/culture/music/clarkmotet.html . She has also given papers at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Musicological Society, the International Medieval Society (Paris), the International Symposium on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music (
She has served as a member of the American Musicological Society Council and as a moderator for the Society’s e-mail discussion list; she is also a past president of the International Machaut Society and currently serves as that organization’s webmaster. Her performance experience has included work with members of Pomerium and with early music ensembles at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute,
Dr. Clark’s scholarship and teaching are particularly concerned with how music works in culture, whether in a medieval cathedral or a twentieth-century opera house. She is also interested in how the study of music fits into a liberal education in the Jesuit tradition, and she emphasizes that a student who earns a music degree with a good liberal-arts component such as that available at Loyola can pursue a career in just about any field. Her advisees have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate school in fields such as history, philosophy, psychology, divinity, and library science, as well as one who entered military service—and, yes, she has worked with students who are pursuing careers in music. She would be glad to discuss with any prospective student or parent how a Loyola music degree can serve musical or non-musical goals.
History of Western Art Music