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U of M Musicologist Janet Page Will Discuss Viennese Nuns and Their Music

For release: September 2, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Janet Page
Janet Page
The history of music doesn’t mention very many women, but one place where they could have musical careers was the convent. Women there served as composers, musical directors, singers, instrumentalists, poets, and music copyists. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, nuns in Vienna had a special calling to music. Their musical pursuits meshed with the government policies of the time.

University of Memphis musicologist Janet Page will discuss “In Search of Creative Women: Nuns and their Music in 17th and 18th Century Vienna” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in Clement Hall, Room 435, on the U of M campus. Refreshments will follow.

Admission is free.

Page is an associate professor of musicology in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. She is working on a book, Nuns, Music and Politics in Vienna, 1650-1785.

The event is sponsored by the U of M’s Center for Research on Women.

More information is available online at, by phone at 901-678-2642, or by email,

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