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Professor of Music , theorist

Suzannah Clark, music educator. Grantee Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Humboldt University, Berlin, 1995-1996, Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, 1991-1995; fellow Merton College. Member Oxford City Zodiacs Women's Ice Hockey Team, since 1997.


Clark, Suzannah was born on February 3, 1969 in Exeter, Devon, England. Daughter of Raymond John and Vivien Francis Clark.


Bachelor of Music, King's College, London, 1990. Master of Music, King's College, London, 1991. Master of Fine Arts, Princeton University, 1993.

Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1997.


She is currently Professor of Music at Harvard University. Educated at King's College London, Princeton University, and the Humboldt University Berlin, she took up a Junior Research Fellowship, and then a British Academy Research Fellowship at Merton College Oxford. Between 2000 and 2008 she taught at the Faculty of Music at Oxford University.

In 2008 she moved to Harvard University, where she had first taught as a visiting professor the previous year. In keeping with her Canadian upbringing, Clark is an enthusiastic hockey player and supporter (Ottawa Senators), though she developed this interest particularly while living in England. Clark plays the flute.

She is also a star-gazer and collector of tropical fish. Clark’s main research has focused on Schubert analysis. Originally beginning with an analysis of the harmonically symmetrical properties of his instrumental forms, Clark’s study soon encompassed the forms of Schubert’s songs as well.

Her interest in the properties of diatonicism and tonal spaces has also fed much of her work in the history of music theory, notably in her studies of Arthur von Oettingen and Heinrich Schenker. Clark’s work on medieval music originally focused on the music of the thirteenth century, the trouvères, the genre of refrains, but now centers broadly on questions of textuality, performance, and musical analysis. She is Reviews Editor for the Journal of the American Musicological Society.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: (with Alexander Rehding) Music Theory and Natural Order From the Renaissance to the Early Twentieth Century, 2001. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Oxford City Zodiacs Women's Ice Hockey Team, since 1997.


  • Other Interests

    Astronomy, playing ice hockey.


Raymond John

Vivien Francis Clark