Francesca McNeeley is a fierce advocate of contemporary music, collaborating with many local composers and presenters. As the cellist of Tanglewood’s New Fromm Players she recently premiered John Harbison’s sixth string quartet, and gave the American premiere of Joseph Phibbs’ first quartet to critical acclaim. She was featured on numerous occasions in Houston’s contemporary series Musiqa, and has also performed with Boston’s Callithumpian Consort. Recent travels brought her to the Netherlands to perform as a part of the 2016 Festival Jong Talent Schiermonnikoog, and to Austria where she performed alongside Tony Arnold and Beat Furrer as a member of the 2015 Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy. This past spring she was featured in a solo recital on the Phil Kramer Recital Series near Houston. An aspiring chamber musician, she has had the honor of working with some of the great quartets and coaches of our time: Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Lucy Chapman, the Concord Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, and Cleveland Quartet, to name a few. Ms. McNeeley completed her B.A. at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed her master’s degree under Norman Fischer at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She is currently completing her Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Yeesun Kim. She is thrilled to be involved with the Archipelago Collective this season.