Kelvin McNeal, pianist/composer, received a Bachelor of Music degree from
St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI; and a Master of Music degree from Dominican College, San Rafael, CA.
He has concertized
extensively as a solo pianist and in concerti, chamber music, and vocal repertoire in the US, Italy, and China and
has been praised for his elegant emotionalism and formidable technique.
He has studied with Ted Blair and
H. Thomas Hurley, and participated in master classes with John Browning, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, and Sasha Toperich; and has
played with a wide array of musicians, including Miles Hoffman, Veronique Marcel, Tim Willson, Janice Felty, Kevin Hanek,
and Sally Guenter.
He has also composed art-song cycles, choral music, solo piano music, and music for theatre and dance.
His piece for a cappella chorus with 5 soprano soloists, "Beneath The Breastbone",
was selected by Vox Reflexa for their CD project of new music.
In March 2014
he premiered his art song cycle "Rainy Day" (text by Loren Crawford) under the auspices of Serenata of Santa Fe
In the meantime, he has maintained a career as a freelance music director, conductor, coach, and/or accompanist for virtually
every musical organization in Santa Fe, including the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Serenata of Santa Fe, Maria Benitez,
Santa Fe New Music, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.