Along with his extensive concertizing, Robert Mealy is deeply committed to education. He is Director of the Historical Performance graduate program at The Juilliard School, where he oversees a curriculum designed to ensure the students receive a well-rounded two-year education in historical performance issues from 1600 through 1800. He teaches a graduate seminar in performance practice and works intensively with chamber music ensembles. His debut concert directing his Juilliard students, a program of Rameau at Alice Tully Hall, was declared the best concert of 2012 by the critic of the Wall Street Journal. Juilliard415 also performs regularly with the Yale Schola Cantorum under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, often with Mr. Mealy leading. These collaborations have resulted in sold-out performances both here and abroad, including tours to Japan, Singapore, and Myanmar.
Mr. Mealy is Professor of Early Music at the Yale School of Music, where he directs the postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble. From 2006-2012 he directed the Yale Collegium in an annual series of concerts at the Beinecke Library in a wide range of programs. Several of the Yale projects have since appeared as critically-acclaimed cds: Biber’s Vesperae, Bertali’s Missa Resurrectionis, and Bach’s St John Passion in the 1725 version. He has also been closely involved in fully-staged productions of baroque opera at Yale as part of Ellen Rosand’s multi-year Yale Baroque Opera Project: productions have included Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Ulisse, Cavalli’s Giasone and Scipione Affricano, and the American premiere of the important Sacrati opera La Finta Pazza.
In 1995 he founded the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra with Murray Somerville, and went on to direct the ensemble for over a decade. One of the only undergraduate baroque orchestras in America, the HBCO has collaborated with distinguished early music figures such as William Christie, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Andrew Parrott, and Robert Levin, and has collectively improvised with Bobby McFerrin to a packed audience at Sanders Theater. Mr. Mealy also served as founding advisor to the Harvard Early Music Society, which has produced a fully-staged Baroque opera annually.
In 2004, for his work with both Harvard and Yale, Mr. Mealy received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding collegium direction at the university level.
Mr. Mealy has taught and lectured on period performance practices, historical techniques, rhetoric, and improvisation at Columbia, Brown, Rutgers, Oberlin, Vanderbilt, and UC Berkeley. He also teaches regularly at early music workshops across the country, including the Academy of the American Bach Soloists, and the annual summer workshops of the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Amherst Early Music Festival.