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Patricia Van Ness

Staff Composer

Composer, violinist, and poet Patricia Van Ness (1951) draws upon elements of medieval and Renaissance music to create a signature voice that has been hailed by musicians, audiences and critics. She has been called a modern-day Hildegard von Bingen, with her ability to compose music possessing “tremendous depth and beauty,” “both ancient and new.” Through all her compositions, musical and written, she professes to continue an ongoing exploration into the interactions of beauty and the divine, and their bearing on the human spirit.

Ms. Van Ness is a member of American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and the International Alliance for Women in Music. She serves on the Musical Advisory Board of Cappella Clausura (Amelia LeClair, Artistic Director) and is a former member of the Board of the Cambridge Society for Early Music.