Patricia Ann Neely is an early-bowed string player and teacher who specializes in the viola da gamba, violone, vielle, and baroque bass. She holds a BA in music from Vassar College and an MFA in Historical Performance from Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Neely has played with many early music ensembles here and abroad, including Sequentia, Smithsonian chamber orchestra and viol consort, Tempesta di Mare, Washington Bach Consort, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Rheinische Kantorei Köln, among others. and currently directs Abendmusik – New York’s early music string band. She is a member of the Board of Early Music America (EMA) and from 2019 to 2021 was Chair of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access )Taskforce. She is currently on the Board of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. She has been on the faculty of many early music workshops including the Amherst Early Music Workshop, The Viola da Gamba Society Conclaves and has been on the faculty of Wagner College, Vassar College, Mannes College of Music, and The Brearley School.
"I am happy to have the opportunity to work with Joyce Chen on her project of reaching out to HBCUs to expand the curriculum choices in the study of music and music history. Not only is she providing a comprehensive look at periods of music history (renaissance and baroque) and the instruments that were prevalent at that time, she is also an ambassador for diversity in the field. Ms. Chen is thoroughly committed to sharing her interest in historical performance through her research leading to a PhD and GradFUTURES supporting her work lends enormous strength to her mission.
My advice to graduate students? Don't forget how you felt when you discovered your passion. I discovered mine at Vassar College where I was surrounded by professors who were key contributors in historical performance and who supported my interest in total. They were my mentors and in a field that is highly competitive, I always center myself and move forward with aspirations by thinking about that first spark of excitement and where and when. This has been the catalyst that keeps me going through the rough patches in my professional journey."