Daniel Donnelly is currently a doctoral student in musicology at McGill University, where he also teaches undergraduate courses in music history, appreciation, and basic theory. He earned his MA in 2008 with a thesis entitled "The Madrigal as Literary Criticism: Veronese Settings of Ariosto's Orlando furioso." His doctoral dissertation will focus on musical settings of regional, dialectical, or otherwise non-standard Italian and its relation to Venice's evolving concept of empire and other in the 16th century.
While at McGill he has become involved in the interdisciplinary, multi-university project entitled "Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700," which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, MCRI. This grant has supported travel to present papers at academic conferences at the University of Vienna, the University of Wales (Bangor) and Utrecht University, as well as upcoming presentations for the Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, and the Reading Early Modern Studies Conference in 2010. He is currently seeking publication for his complete English translation of Antonfrancesco Doni's immensely entertaining Dialogo della musica (Venice: Scotto, 1544).
When not studying for Comps, Dan can usually be found singing with the Montreal-based Orpheus Singers, haunting local cheese shops, or buying more coffee.