Joyce Mekeel

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Joyce Mekeel (July 6, 1931, New Haven, CT; Dec. 29, 1997, Watertown, MA) was a composer and harpsichordist.[1] She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Mekeel studied at the Paris Conservatory and Yale University, her teachers included Nadia Boulanger and Earl Kim. Later she studied anthropology and began sculpting. She taught at the New England Conservatory and Boston University. Many of her works are for theater or dance, and many of her works treat the voice or traditional instruments unusually.[2]

Articles include (1959) "The Harmonic Theories of Kirnberger and Marpurg", Journal of Music Theory Volumes. 3-4, Yale, p. 169-193.


  1. ^ Dyer, Richard (January 9, 1998). "Composer Joyce Mekeel: Sculptor of Talent", The Boston Globe.
  2. ^ Christine Ammer (2001). Unsung: A History of Women in American Music, p.216. ISBN 1-57467-061-1.