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Dixie Ross-Neill


  In Memorium

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28 May 1940 ~ 28 May 2007

Pianist ~ Vocal Coach & Teacher ~ Collaborative Artist


DIXIE ROSS-NEILL amassed extensive experience and expertise as a vocal coach, teacher and collaborative artist.  Her repertoire included well over one hundred fifty operas in addition to a vast amount of vocal concert and recital music in diverse languages and styles, spanning more than four centuries and encompassing a huge amount of the traditional together with more than thirty American and world premiers by some of today’s most distinguished composers. Formerly a member of the musical staff of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Ross-Neill prepared operas for a great many major companies, including among others, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington DC, Boston and Amsterdam.



After completing her university studies magna cum laude at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the University of Texas Austin, this Lincolnton NC native moved to Germany, where she was engaged as repetiteur for Bühnen der Stadt Essen. She later lived and worked in New York City for almost twelve years before returning to Europe where she became Music Director for De Nederlandse Operastichting Studio in Amsterdam.  Recognized internationally as an authority on young artist training programs, Ms. Ross-Neill was for five years Director of Musical Studies for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and, from 1993 until 2006, served as Director of Opera Studies for the McGill University Faculty of Music in Montreal. As a recorded collaborative artist, she can be heard on “Carolyn Heafner Sings American Songs” and on “Fire, Fire, Quench Desire”, a collection of Jack Beeson songs.  She compiled an operetta CD for BMG Canada, "A Night in Vienna". 

Dixie Ross-Neill maintained active private studios both in Canada and in New York City, where she was able to continue her work with a large number of high profile professionals and emerging young artists – among them, Ben Heppner, Jane Henschel, Jay Hunter Morris, Clifton Forbis, Debi Raymond, Dimitri Pittas, Jonathan Carle, Julie Makerov, Susan Eyton-Jones, Sarah Kleeman and innumerable others. She traveled frequently, performing with singers in recital, conducting master classes and workshops with her husband teacher/tenor William Neill and functioning as guest musical preparer, adjudicator for various national and international competitions and as artistic advisor for opera companies and professional training programs. In 2003, Dixie Ross-Neill and William Neill were greatly honored to receive OPERA CANADA’s prestigious “Ruby” Award recognizing them for professional excellence and outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of Opera, Vocal Training and Education.



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