D.M., M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington
B.M.E., Florida State University, Tallahassee
Conductor Melinda O'Neal has been praised for her "lucid and musical understanding of the score" and "moving and satisfying interpretations" by Hugh Macdonald, Berlioz scholar and music critic. She is artistic director & conductor emerita of Handel Choir of Baltimore (2004-2013) and professor of music at Dartmouth College where she teaches conducting and theory courses.
With Handel Choir of Baltimore, an oratorio ensemble performing baroque, classical and early romantic music with period instruments and music to the present, O'Neal collaborated with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, American Opera Theatre and Peabody Early Music. Her performances of works with chorus and period instruments included Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Theresienmesse and Paukenmesse, Handel's Messiah, Jephtha, Semele and Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, Bach cantatas, and Purcell symphony anthems. The Baltimore Sun noted, "Melinda O'Neal has steadily and rapidly honed this ensemble into quite a potent chorus... It was a thoughtfully constructed, entertaining program delivered with an informed sense of historic style."
At Dartmouth, O'Neal conducted the Handel Society (1979-2004) and the Chamber Singers (1979-1996). She has been visiting professor at Indiana University, University of Georgia and Towson University, and she founded and conducted the New Hampshire Symphony Chorus and Boston Vocal Artists' Sonique. As guest conductor, O'Neal has worked with Albany ProMusica, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Chorale, and Vermont and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras.
Her research focuses on music of Hector Berlioz and historical performance practices. She is currently writing Experiencing Berlioz: A Listener's Companion to be published in 2015. O'Neal serves on the research and publications committee of American Choral Directors Association.
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