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Elizabeth Weinfield is a music historian whose research explores the relationships among gender, performance, and race in the early modern period. Her interests include music by women in the crypto-Jewish communities of Antwerp, performance practice, and the early music revival in America. A native New Yorker, she holds a PhD in historical musicology from the Graduate Center (CUNY), an MSt in music from Oxford, and a BA in art history from Rutgers. She previously taught music history at City College, Fordham, and Yeshiva. Weinfield has served as the editor of the digital publication the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a researcher at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Founder and artistic director of the ensemble Sonnambula, Weinfield has designed site-specific concerts at the Met Museum, the Cloisters, the Hispanic Society, and the Frick, and recently published the first complete recording of the music of the 17th-century composer, Leonora Duarte (Centaur Records, 2019). Her writing on old instruments and historical performance has been published in the Galpin Society Journal, the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, the Huffington Post, Fortnight Journal, and others. She is working on her first book, Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): Converso Composer in Antwerp, a monograph on Duarte that investigates music’s role in the convergence of business and culture in the early modern domestic space.