Research Areas

Women in Early Music; Antebellum American Musical Culture; Historical Performance Practice


D.M.A., Case Western Reserve University

M.M., University of Michigan

B.Mus., University of Michigan


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Cecilia's Circle

Faculty Page at the University of Cincinnati

Adastra, A Period Instruments Duo

Alive By Her Own Hand, Fest-Conference

Historical Keyboard Society of North America

Vivian Montgomery

Vivian Montgomery

Vivian Montgomery

Vivian Montgomery is an award-winning fortepianist and harpsichordist, recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013-14, she will be on a Fulbright in Cairo, teaching Women and Music courses and serving as a scholar-in-residence at the Uum Kulthum Museum. Vivian earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Early Keyboards from the University of Michigan, and received the DMA in Historical Performance from Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Her performing life encompasses performances throughout the US, especially with her acclaimed women-in-music ensemble, Cecilia’s Circle and the period instruments duo, Adastra. Her recordings can be found on Centaur, Innova, and Schubert Club. Vivian has served as Music Director for the baroque opera company Ex Machina, the CWRU Baroque Orchestra, and the Dickinson College Collegium, and is now the director of the Jurow International Performance Competition. Since 20 0 3, she has been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, teaching harpsichord and historical performance. She has also taught at Dickinson College, Vanderbilt University, Luther College and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Vivian’s work as a Resident Scholar at the WSRC has been supported by fellowships from the American Association of University Women and the Boston Public Library.

Current Projects

I am preparing a book and CD entitled Brilliant Variations on Sentimental Songs: Slipping Pianistic Virtuosity and Invention into the Antebellum Drawing Room.  Piano variations on popular songs were embraced by lady performers and composers in nineteenth-century American domestic settings. Examination shows the genre’s unique place in shaping female cultural values, and promoting musical accomplishment.

Representative Publications

Montgomery, Vivian. “Thy Hand Hast Done All This: Music of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre” (Cecilia’s Circle, Centaur Records).

Montgomery, Vivian. “Songs in the Ground: Variations and Other Renewable Notions for Recorder and Harpsichord” (Galhano/Montgomery Duo, Ten Thousand Lakes Records).