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Diane Ota

revised by Christina Linklater

(b New Haven, CT, July 6, 1931; d Watertown, MA, Dec 29, 1997). American composer, teacher, and artist. A lifelong collaborator with a keen sense of community, Joyce Mekeel worked closely with many American ensembles and performers, developing music to suit their interests and abilities. She wrote ensemble music for Richard Pittman and Boston Musica Viva (Rune, flute and percussion, 1977; Corridors of Dream, mezzo-soprano, instrumental ensemble, 1972), Alea III (Tessera, harpsichord and instrumental ensemble, 1981), and the Empire Brass Quintet (Homages, 1973), and a solo piece for the flautist Fenwick Smith (The Shape of Silence, 1969). Mekeel directed the electronic music studio at Boston University. Her Moveable Feast (1973–4) is a site-specific work which was performed at several Boston locations and included a real-time electronic component. Other electro-acoustic works include Sigil (1980–81, revised 1997) and ...


Joyce Mekeel in the late 1960s

Harvard University, Radcliffe Archives, W367379_1


Joyce Mekeel’s 1955 French identity card

Ms. Coll. 104. Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard University