Research Areas

Women and Music; Music Criticism; Musicology


Ph.D., University of No. Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A., University of No. Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Rebecca Clarke Society 

International Association for Women in Music

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Feminist in the Concert Hall Blog

Liane Curtis

Liane Curtis

Liane Curtis

Liane Curtis is a musicologist and the founder and President of both The Rebecca Clarke Society, and Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, non-profit organizations which are based at the WSRC. A former Fulbright Scholar, Liane has taught at a wide range of colleges and universities, including Wellesley, Ohio State, and (in 2011 and 2007) at Brandeis University. She has written for the San Francisco Examiner, Bay Windows, The Musical Times, The New Grove Dictionary of Music, the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Women’s Enews, The Gay and Lesbian Review, and other publications. In October 2006, Liane was a Fellow in the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.

In 2000, she collaborated with the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail to have the name of composer Amy Beach added to the 87 names of male composers that adorn the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The unveiling of Beach’s name took place with a performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra that included music by Beach.

Liane’s blog, documents her 2004 experience with inflammatory breast cancer. Also a dedicated environmentalist, in 2011 she completed a deep energy retrofit of her Somerville home,.

Current Projects

Dr. Curtis continues her research on Rebecca Clarke, her work with the Clarke Society (including the promotion of Ruth Lomon’s orchestration of Clarke’s Viola Sonata), and the leadership of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Amy Beach (in 2017), Curtis is part of a national committee planning a conference and concerts. 

Representative Publications

Curtis, Liane, ed. A Rebecca Clarke Reader. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. Reprinted by The Rebecca Clarke Society, 2005.

Curtis, Liane. “Cuban Festival Offers Wealth of Music; Too Bad Americans Can’t Hear It,” New Music Box: The Web Magazine from the American Music Center, February 10, 2010.