Daniel Donnelly is a PhD candidate in Musicology at McGill’s Schulich School of Music under the direction of Julie Cumming and Peter Schubert. His research focuses primarily on the interaction between music, language, and literary culture in Renaissance Italy. His dissertation, “Cantar a la venessiana: Venetian-language polyphony in the secondo cinquecento,” examines the explosion of dialect music, poetry and theatre that occurred in sixteenth-century Venice and its relation to the city’s role as centre for the codification and promulgation of the Tuscan literary standard. He has presented his work at numerous conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Renaissance Society of America, the Reading Early Modern Studies Conference, and the annual Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference. As a leader in the burgeoning field of dialect studies and an internationally recognized expert in Venetian-language polyphony, he has recently been invited to contribute a chapter on this topic to a forthcoming volume on musical life in sixteenth-century Venice.