Alexandra Amati

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Alexandra Amati, Ph.D., is an Italian musicologist specializing in the Italian Renaissance, especially the madrigal, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music, and German Baroque choral music. She holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University, as well as a Laurea (BA/MA equivalent) in Slavic Studies and Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy). 

She is Professor of Music at the University of San Francisco, and has taught at Harvard University, at UC Davis, and in the graduate program of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She teaches many courses in the community as well, in many senior centers and for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes of San Francisco and Berkeley. She also serves as a professional program annotator and pre-concert lecturer for many Bay Area organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the Opera Guilds, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and others. 

She has served (or is currently serving) on several committees of the American Musicological Society, and on several Boards of Directors such as those of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, the Harvard Club of San Francisco (of which she is the immediate past president), the San Francisco Bach Choir, the Lycée Français de San Francisco, and others. She is currently writing a book on the presentation and representation of women in opera, tentatively titled Euridice: Evolution of the Mythical and Musical Other.  

She has sung and sings with countless choirs as a (real) contralto, and is a proud 24-year member of the San Francisco Bach Choir.