Department of Music


Honey Meconi

Professor of Music, College Department of Music, University of Rochester
Chair, College Department of Music, University of Rochester
Susan B. Anthony Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music

Ph.D., Harvard

Department of Music
1-320 Dewey Hall
(585) 275-9399

Office Hours: By appointment


A specialist in music before 1600, Honey Meconi joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 2004 as Professor of Music in the College Music Department and Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music.  She served as Director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies from 2007 to 2014, and was named Susan B. Anthony Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies in 2009. 

She is an expert on Renaissance music as well as the music of Hildegard of Bingen (the twelfth-century polymath, poet, and composer), and is director of The Hildegard Project, a long-term undertaking to perform all of that composer’s music.  Her latest book, Hildegard of Bingen, will be published by the University of Illinois Press.  Other books include Pierre de la Rue and Musical Life at the Habsburg-Burgundian Court (Oxford University Press, 2003; reprint 2009) and the commentary volume to the facsimile edition of Brussels, Royal Library, Ms. IV.90 (Patrimonio Ediciones, 2007) as well as Early Musical Borrowing (editor, Routledge, 2004),  Fortuna desperata: 36 Settings of an Italian Song (editor, A-R Editions, 2001), and Medieval Music (editor, Ashgate, 2011).   She is currently writing a book on the cultural history of the chansonnier, and has published fiction under a nom de plume.

Shorter publications include essays on Hildegard’s Lingua ignota, the editing history of Hildegard’s music and texts, the Oxford Bibliography of Hildegard, Margaret of Austria’s chansonniers, the Segovia manuscript, the cultural history of the chansonnier, London Royal 8 G. vii, the Munich partbooks, extreme singing, Petrucci’s mass prints, the Habsburg-Burgundian court manuscripts, Josquin’s reputation, Fortuna desperata, motet-chansons, Absalon fili mi, art-song reworkings, imitatio, performance practice, the Basevi chansonnier, the Rochester Fascicle, Vienna ÖNB 9814, Susan B. Anthony, and other topics.  She has been a Fulbright Fellow in Belgium, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and Fellow at the Villa I Tatti in Florence, and has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies, including a 2008–2009 Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities to study the cultural history of the chansonnier. 

Recipient of a 2006 Alumna Award from the Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture, she has served on the Board of Directors of the American Musicological Society, both as Vice President and as Director-at-Large, and currently chairs the AMS Committee on Women and Gender.  In 2009 she joined the editorial board of Grove Music, and from 2010 to 2012 served on the Governing Board of US-RILM.  She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the advisory board of the Josquin Research Project, and the advisory board of the Alamire Facsimile Project; she previously  served on the boards of Pegasus Early Music and Houston Early Music, among others.  In 1998 she organized the interdisciplinary conference “Constructing Hildegard: Reception and Identity 1098–1998,” and in 2012–2013 organized the Humanities Project “The World of Susan B. Anthony.”  An earlier Humanities Project, in 2006–2007, was the panel/lecture/concert/workshop series “Women and Music: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” co-sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies.

A performer as well as a scholar, she began directing early music groups while a student at Indiana University.  She has since founded and directed ensembles at Harvard University (where she received her Ph.D.), Rice University (where she directed the Medieval Studies Program), and at the University of Rochester.  As a singer of post-1600 music she has performed with, among others, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the professional Ensemble Vocal de la Radio-Télévision belge de la communauté française, and the Houston Symphony Chorus.  In 2002 she created the free internet resource (The Choral Singer's Companion). She is currently a member of Schola Cantorum, which performs weekly from October through April and records regularly.  With Vox Early Music Ensemble she was recipient of the 2006 Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society “for distinguished contribution to the study and performance of early music.” 

Research interests include Pierre de la Rue and contemporaries; manuscripts, especially chansonniers; women and music, especially Hildegard of Bingen; Habsburg-Burgundian court music and manuscripts; borrowing; and extreme singing.  Courses taught include Hildegard of Bingen, Illuminated Music Manuscripts, Chansonniers, Women and Music, Colloquium in Women’s Studies, Susan B. Anthony and Her World, Shakespeare and Music, Opera, Medieval and Renaissance Music, Baroque Music, and numerous other subjects. 

Selected Publications