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Church (let us let each other be) [2019]

Performed by Leah Tracy, soprano; Erin Burks, soprano; Anna Birkemeier, alto; Hayley Hoss, alto; Brock Burkett, tenor; and Abe Roos, bass. Friday, October 18, 2019, Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green State University: as part of the BGSU 40th Annual New Music Festival.

The Liminal Voices for Orchestra [2016]

Read by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, November 8, 2016. Michael Lewanski, Conductor. This is not a performance, it is an unrehearsed reading. Recording used with the permission of the TSO.

To be liminal is to be on a threshold – to exist between two states of being or of consciousness. “The Liminal Voices” was inspired by my time spent in the woods of Vermont, and the songs of the birds that inhabit these woods. Their vocalizations seem almost human, but are at the same time otherworldly. On occasion, I am lucky enough to hear my favourite singer – my namesake – the hermit thrush. As I listen, I think of lines from Whitman and Frost that exalt this little bird’s song. These poets’ words, like the sound they describe, can transport the mind far away from everyday life.

Of Myself [2017]

Performed with Roy MacNeil, violin. Opening act for Roomful of Teeth, Highland Center for the Arts, July 3, 2017.

The Common Thread for Alto Saxophone and Percussion [2016]

Written for and performed by Bent Frequency at the Charlotte New Music Festival, June 2016. Jan Baker, alto saxophone; Stuart Gerber, percussion.

The Common Thread
i. spathiphyllum
ii. aloe vera
iii. solanum lycopersinum
iv. chlorophytum cosmosum
v. crassula ovata

This piece is about my house plants. I love them very much.
“chlorophytum cosmosum” is based on the song “One Day” by Roy MacNeil.

New Life for Flute and Vibraphone [2013]

Performed by Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku, flute and Rebecca McDaniel, Vibraphone at 5th Wave Collective’s “Retreat from Winter” concert, February 9, 2019.

New Life depicts the remarkable transformation that water undergoes in the spring: the slow dripping of icicles in the sun, followed by the somehow surprising rivers of melted snow and ice; the rain that pours down, and the miraculous appearance of the first plants – refreshed after a very long rest – that begin to come out of the ground. It was written as part of a larger project focused on changing seasons; a concert called “Early Frost: Music for Changing Seasons.” I find that those brief periods when seasons are shifting – particularly winter changing into spring – tend to lead me into spells of heightened creativity. This piece is a meditation on – as well as a product of – that notion.

I So Liked Spring for SSA Trio (2014)

Performed with Elijah McCormack and Sarah Hughes, Skidmore College, Spring 2014.

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Bio

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Mavis MacNeil (b. 1992) is a composer and soprano based in New York City and originally from Greensboro, Vermont. Her compositions combine moments of lyricism with spare, open harmonic language and subtle timbral shifts, and have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Croatia, by ensembles such as 5th Wave Collective, Bent Frequency Duo, and Beo String Quartet.

MacNeil holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from Bowling Green State University, where she studied composition with Marilyn Shrude and Christopher Dietz, and  voice with Chelsea Cloeter. She also served as the president of Praecepta, BGSU’s student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.

From the age of four, MacNeil studied piano with Mary Anthony Cox, and violin and later flute with teachers in her region, as well as receiving extensive chamber music coaching from Mary Lou Rylands and members of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. She began writing music at the age of fifteen, through Music-COMP (formerly the Vermont MIDI Project). She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music from Skidmore College, where she studied composition with Evan Mack and voice with Anne Zwick Turner. During her undergraduate years, her primary areas of study included ethnomusicology and jazz; she played tenor saxophone in a funk band and spent a semester at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying composition with Joël Bons.

As a vocalist, MacNeil is primarily interested in new music and early music; she eagerly performs contemporary works on a regular basis, and is a member of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective and Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble. She also coordinates a NYC-based sight-singing group, “Palestrina & Wine.” MacNeil has sung with The Astoria Choir, the BGSU Collegiate Chorale, the BGSU Early Music Ensemble, the Skidmore College Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and the Northeast Kingdom Chorus, and is a visiting member of the St. Michael’s Church Choir (Greensboro Bend, VT).

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Mavis MacNeil (b. 1992) is a composer and soprano based in New York City and originally from Vermont. Her compositions combine moments of lyricism with spare, open harmonic language and subtle timbral shifts, and have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Croatia, by ensembles such as 5th Wave Collective, Bent Frequency Duo, and Beo String Quartet.

MacNeil holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from Bowling Green State University, where she studied composition with Marilyn Shrude and Christopher Dietz, and voice with Chelsea Cloeter; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music from Skidmore College, where she studied composition with Evan Mack and voice with Anne Zwick Turner. During her undergraduate years, her primary areas of study included ethnomusicology and jazz; she played tenor saxophone in a funk band and spent a semester at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying composition with Joël Bons. She began writing music at the age of fifteen, through Music-COMP (formerly the Vermont MIDI Project).

As a vocalist, MacNeil is primarily interested in new music and early music; she eagerly performs contemporary works on a regular basis, and is a member of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective and Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble. She also coordinates a NYC-based sight-singing group, “Palestrina & Wine.” MacNeil has sung with The Astoria Choir, the BGSU Collegiate Chorale, the BGSU Early Music Ensemble, the Skidmore College Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and the Northeast Kingdom Chorus, and is a visiting member of the St. Michael’s Church Choir (Greensboro Bend, VT).

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Mavis MacNeil is a composer and soprano based in New York City, originally from Vermont. Her compositions combine moments of lyricism with spare, open harmonic language and subtle timbral shifts, and have been performed in the U.S. and internationally. MacNeil holds a M.M. in Composition from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Marilyn Shrude and Christopher Dietz; and a B.S. in Music from Skidmore College, where she studied with Evan Mack. As a vocalist, MacNeil is primarily interested in new music and early music; she is a member of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective and Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble.

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Mavis writes music

she also sings: soprano

she is from Vermont.

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News

Upcoming

Roy MacNeil’s Third Annual Spring Concert Saturday, 3/21/2020 at the Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, VT – Premiere: new work for violin and cello.

CELEBRATING NEW MUSIC: Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble Spring Concert Friday, 5/29/20, 8:00 PM at Cecilia R.C. Church, Brooklyn, NY; Sunday, 5/31/20, 3:00 PM at St. Ignatius of Antioch, New York, NY – Premiere: new work for SATB choir. Text by Emma Goldman.

Past

Bowling Green 40th Annual New Music Festival, Friday, 10/18/19, Bowling Green, OH Premiere: Church (let us let each other be) for six voices SSAATB, performed by members of the BGSU Collegiate Chorale. Text by Riley Rennhack.

TIMELESS MUSE: Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble Spring Concert Friday, 5/31/19, 8:00 PM at St. Paul’s Carroll Street; Sunday, 6/2/19, 3:00 PM at St. Ignatius of Antioch, New York, NY

Highland Center for the Arts: 5/11/19, 7:00 PM; Greensboro, VT With Roy MacNeil, Yejin Nikki Kim, Kyle Woolard, and friends. Premiere: A Decade for Soprano and String Trio; performances of Of Myself (2017) and Trace (2016).

HOUSE CONCERT: 4/27/19; Brooklyn, NY With Roy MacNeil, Yejin Nikki Kim, Sara Solomon, and Stacy Cho – a night of new and old music.

5th Wave Collective – Retreat from Winter: 2/9/19, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL New Life (2013) performed by Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku, flute and Rebecca McDaniels, vibraphone

The brave composer traversing a Vermont pasture in springtime, her uncombed tresses dancing freely with the wind.

Vocal Performances

April Scenes (2018) written and recorded by Roy MacNeil

I am so thrilled to be a part of my multi-talented brother’s latest project! Listen here.

Altitude (2016)

with Vincent Sauer, piano

Bowling Green State University Student Composers’ Forum, February 14, 2017.

Horse Calls (2014) by Colleen Miller

I. Little Yellow Horses
II. Horse Sense
III. Promittor

with Vincent Sauer, piano

Bowling Green State University Student Composers’ Forum, February 4, 2016

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