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Conductor Melinda O'Neal is professor emerita of music at Dartmouth College where she taught courses and conducted choral ensembles (1979-2018). A specialist in performing major choral-orchestral works from Bach and Handel to Berlioz, Brahms and John Adams, she also concentrates on renaissance vocal music and performing with historical instrument ensembles.
Book: Experiencing Berlioz: A Listener's Companion, Rowman & Littlefield (2018).
Forward: A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore by Carl B. Schmidt. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2015).
Essay: "Handel's Compassion and Messiah: An Oratorio" for hand-print folio of Messiah libretto. Baltimore: Hill Press (2012).
Chapter: "Passion and Authenticity: A Conversation with Marin Alsop" in Wisdom, Wit and Will: Women Choral Conductors on Their Art, ed. Joan Catoni Conlon. Chicago: GIA Publications (2009).
Chapter: "Coming to Terms with Historical Performance Practices," in Up Front!: Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, ed. Guy Webb. Boston: ECS Publications (1994).
Note: For a representative listing of choral and choral-orchestral repertoire conducted in concert and prepared as chorus master, see my CV or personal website.
Virtual Talk: "L'enfance du Christ, Berlioz's Last Choral-Orchestral Work" for Handel Choir of Baltimore (November 2020).
Lecture: "Mélodies Fantastiques! — Mystique and Narrative in Berlioz's Vocal Music" presented for Opera Prelude, Cadogan Hall, London, UK (November 2019).
Lecture: "Assertiveness, Stamina, Confidence" for Women in Western Music class, Towson University, Towson, MD (April 2014).
Dartmouth Course Design: Brahms, Berlioz and the Romantic Imagination (Fall 2013).
Lecture and Reading Session: "Library of Congress American Music 1870-1923," Eastern Division of the American Choral Conductors Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA (February 2010).
Conference Presentation: "Preparing and Performing Berlioz's Choral Music," Berlioz Society, London, UK (November 2009).