February 6: Anne MacNeil

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina

Anne MacNeil (Associate Professor) BMus, Ithaca College (1981); MA in Music History, Eastman School of Music (1985); PhD in the History and Theory of Music, University of Chicago (1994). Before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Professor MacNeil taught at Northwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of specialization include music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, music and spectacle, commedia dell’arte, opera, performance studies and historiography. Her current research encompasses the use of boats, barges, and waterways as venues for music performance and as modes of travel, especially for noble women, to entertainments in and around Renaissance Mantua; early-modern laments; operatic settings of tales of the Trojan Wars; and the intersections of music, ceremony, and biography in the lives of Margherita Farnese and Eleonora de’ Medici.

Professor MacNeil serves on the Advisory Councils of the American Academy in Rome and the American Musicological Society. She became a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1992 and of the American Association of University Women in 2004. Her other honors include an American Musicological Society AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (1993), National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowships (1990 and 1995), and Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Fellowships for the pursuit of research in the Veneto (1992 and 1997).  Professor MacNeil was the Director of the Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival at Northwestern University in 1997 and Co-Director, with Professor Jeanice Brooks (University of Southampton) of the Austin/Soton Early Music Exchange in 1999.

Professor MacNeil regularly gives public lectures and has spoken at the Newberry Library, the American Academy in Rome, the Università degli Studi di Roma (“La Sapienza”); King’s College, London, the British Academy, the University of Cincinnati Classics Department, the Colloque sur les Femmes Musiciennes aux XVIe et SVIIe siècles in Tours, the Interuniversitair Instituut voor Studie van de Renaissance en het Humanisme in Brussels, the Frühe Neuzeit Interdiziplinär Conference, the International Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Music, the British Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, and annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Sixteenth-Century Studies, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and the Society for Early Modern Women.

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