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Carolann Buff

Assistant Professor of Music (Choral Conducting)

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Music Addition, MA161


Choral Conducting


Carolann Buff is assistant professor of music in choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Buff is a scholar, teacher, and musician regarded for both her research on late medieval motets and expertise in historical performance. Her principal research interests include fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century musical style, but she is equally at home in the study of sacred music repertoires from all eras, as well as contemporary popular music. Her dissertation, “Ciconia’s Equal-Cantus Motets and the Creation of Early-Fifteenth-Century Style,” and her essay “The Italian Job: Ciconia, Du Fay, and the Musical Aesthetics of the Fifteenth-Century Italian Motet” (in Qui musicam in se habet: Essays in Honor of Alejandro Enrique Planchart), explore the motet genre in the period between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the musical Renaissance. She has presented papers internationally, including at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Renaissance Society of America, Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, and an international symposium on Philippe de Vitry at Yale University.

Buff is a specialist in historical performance and appears frequently with several early music ensembles and as a soloist with numerous period instrument orchestras. She is a founding member of the internationally renowned medieval trio Liber unUsualis and recorded two critically acclaimed CDs of fourteenth-century polyphony with the ensemble, Unrequited: Machaut and the French Ars Nova and Flyleaves: Music in English Manuscripts. Buff has toured around the world with the Boston Camerata in the ballet Borrowed Light, a stunning collaboration with the Tero Saarinen Dance Company. She has recorded with the Renaissance choir Cut Circle and can be heard on the group’s much-admired CD De Orto and Josquin: Music in the Sistine Chapel around 1490 and appears on a critically acclaimed recording of Du Fay’s cantus firmus Masses. Buff has also performed with the women’s ensemble Tapestry and can be heard on its CD Sapphire Night, which received the 2005 ECHO Klassik prize in Germany.

She previously held a position at Westminster Choir College of Rider University as an assistant professor of choral musicology in the Department of Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music. She earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Musicology from Princeton University, an M.M. in Early Music Performance from Longy School of Music, and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara.