PATRICIA ANN NEELY (viola da gamba, vielle) has appeared with many early music ensembles including, the Folger Consort, Smithsonian Chamber Players and Viol Consort, the New York Collegium, the Washington Bach Consort, Amor Artis, ARTEK, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, the Boston Camerata, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, The New York Consort of Viols, The Waverly Consort and Early Music New York, among others, and was a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia. She is the Managing Director of Abendmusik, New York’s Period Instrument String Ensemble. For many years she was the principal violone player for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity. She spent three years touring with the acclaimed European-based medieval ensemble, Sequentia as the vielle player performing throughout Europe and North America, at festivals including, Oude Muziek - Utrecht, Bach Tage – Berlin, Alte Musik – Herne, Wratislavia Cantans - Poland, Music Before 1800, and The Vancouver Early Music Festival. Ms. Neely began playing the viol at Vassar College and continued her studies, earning an MFA in Historical Performance at Sarah Lawrence College, with additional studies in Belgium with Wieland Kuijken. She has recorded for Arabesque, Allegro, Musical Heritage, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ex Cathedra, Classic Masters, Erato, Lyrichord, and Music Masters labels. Ms. Neely in on the Board of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and has taught at its Conclaves. She has also taught at Pinewoods and VdGSA weekend workshops. Ms. Neely was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Music Society and Festival from 2012 until 2015. She is currently the Chair of the Early Music America Taskforce on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The mission of the task force is to address the lack of diversity in the field and explore ways in which to increase outreach to a wider demographic.
**Patricia Ann Neely will be on faculty week 2 of the 2024 Amherst Early Music Festival.