Bio

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Mavis MacNeil 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 SputterBox Ensemble, 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 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 SputterBox Ensemble, 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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