Patricia Ann Neely (viola da gamba, violone, vielle) has appeared with many early music ensembles including, the Washington Bach Consort, Smithsonian Chamber Players and Viol Consort, Rheinsichen Kantorei Köln, the New York Collegium, Folger 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, Waverly Consort, and Early Music New York, among others. She was a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia and is currently director of Abendmusik, New York’s Period Instrument String Band™. For three years Ms. Neely performed and recorded with the acclaimed European-based medieval ensemble, Sequentia on the medieval fiddle appearing at venues in Europe and North America and at festivals including, Oude Muziek - Utrecht, Bach Tage – Berlin, Alte Musik – Herne, Wratislavia Cantans - Poland, Music Before 1800, The Berkeley Festival, and The Vancouver Early Music Festival. She has recorded for Arabesque, Allegro, Musical Heritage, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ex Cathedra, Classic Masters, Erato, Lyrichord, and Music Masters labels.
Ms. Neely began studying the viol at Vassar College and continued her studies, earning an MFA in Historical Performance, at Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a member of the faculty at the Amherst Early Music Summer Festival, the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclaves, Viola da Gamba Society of both New England and New York, Pinewoods Early Music Workshop, Vassar College. She was a longtime faculty member at The Brearley School, where she taught recorder, double bass, and an early string repertoire ensemble. She was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Music Society and Festival from 2012 until 2015 and is currently a member of the Board of the Viola da Gamba Society and Chair of the Early Music America Taskforce on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.