Mavis MacNeil is a multi-faceted musician based in New York City, and originally hailing from from Greensboro, Vermont. Her compositions combine lyrical melodies with spare, open harmonic language and subtle timbral shifts, and have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Croatia.
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 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 the Astoria Choir and Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble. In the past she has sung with the BGSU Collegiate Chorale, the BGSU Early Music Ensemble, the Skidmore College Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and the Northeast Kingdom Chorus. In all of her musical pursuits, MacNeil is inspired by the scenery of her beautiful home state.