Alexander Blachly


Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Interim Department Chair, 2002-2003

Ph.D. Columbia University, 1995

Office: 105 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Telephone: (574) 631-5105


Alexander Blachly, the 1992 recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society to stimulate historially aware performances and the study of historical performing practices, has been active in Early Music as both performer and scholar for the past 25 years. He earned his post-graduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University. He is the founder-director of the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Pomerium, which is recording an on-going series of compact discs of a cappella Renaissance music. These recordings have appeared on the Glissando, Archiv, Dorian, Classic Masters, and Nonesuch labels. Prior to assuming the post of Director of Choral Activities at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, Mr. Blachly taught early music and directed collegia musica at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania, where for eight years he directed the a cappella ensemble Ancient Voices.


Prof. Blachly directs the University of Notre Dame Chorale, Chamber Orcherstra, and Schola Musicorum; he has taught Music History I (Medieval & Renaissance), Music History III (Haydn to Debussy), Performance Practice, Vocal Sacred Music I (Gregorian Chant), Vocal Sacred Music II (Renaissance Sacred Polyphony), Renaissance Notation, Freshman Fine Arts University Seminar, and Core. For eleven years he hosted a three-hour classical-music radio show each Wednesday morning on the University's classical-music radio station, WSND 88.9 FM.