Anne MacNeil

Phone:   919-962-1032
Office:   Hill Hall 212


Associate Professor of Music

Adjunct Faculty in Comparative Literature


Ph.D., History and Theory of Music, University of Chicago, 1994

M.A., Music History, Eastman School of Music, 1985

B.Mus, Ithaca College, 1981


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 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.

Selected Publications:

Editor, 17th-Century Music (1997-2000).


Selected Poems of Isabella Andreini. Edited by Anne MacNeil. Translated by James Wyatt Cook. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.

Music and Women of the Commedia dell’Arte in the Late Sicteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

The New International Dictionary of Music. Philip D. Morehead with Anne MacNeil. New York: Meridian, 1992. Previously published as The New American Dictionary of Music. New York: Dutton, 1991.

“Music and the Life and Work of Isabella Andreini: Humanistic Attitudes toward Music, Poetry and Theater during the Late-Sixteenth and Early-Seventeenth Centuries.” Ph.D dissertation, The University of Chicago, 1994. UMI # 9419848.


“Dynastic Iconography in Giovan Battista Andreini’s La Centaura (1622).” In Music Observed: Studies in Memory of William C. Holmes. Edited by Colleen Reardon and Susan Parisi. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2004.

"The Nature of Commitment:  Vincenzo Gonzaga's Patronage Strategies in the Wake of the Fall of Ferrara," Renaissance Studies 16:3 (September 2002): 392-403. [proquest link]

"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman," Musical Quarterly 83 (1999): 247-79. [jstor link]

"Weeping at the Water's Edge," Early Music 27/3 (August 1999): 406-17. [jstor link]

"The Virtue of Gender," La femme lettrée à la Renaissance (Brussels: Peers, 1997): 147-64.

"Early Modern Women and Music," Women in the Renaissance 5 (1996): 11-12.

"The Divine Madness of Isabella Andreini," Journal of the Royal Musical Association 120 (1995): 195-215. [jstor link]

Recent Courses

Graduate Seminars

Laments; Music and the Commedia dell’Arte; Baroque Emotion

Undergraduate Seminars

Tomlinson on Opera; A Love Affair in Renaissance Music and Drama; Renaissance Court Spectacle

Undergraduate Classes

Opera as Drama; 16th-Century Counterpoint; Studies in Music History to 1650; Studies in Music History, 1650-1850; The Medici Wedding of 1589