We welcome our new Artistic Director & Conductor Andrew Neer for the Fall 2018 season!
American conductor, Andrew Neer, was born in Tucker, Georgia and currently resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is quickly becoming known for his dynamic and expressive conducting style. His focus has been to educate and expand appreciation of music. He believes that at the heart of everything, music is the soul of America.
He attended Central Michigan University (CMU) studying Composition, Trumpet and Music Theatre Performance. Following his time at CMU, he obtained two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting. His composition experience ranges from that of the art song to film scores.
In 2008, Mr. Neer began coursework for a Master of Music (MM) in Composition/Theory. While in his MM, he had the pleasure of working under the composition instruction of Dr. James Hartway. In his work with Dr. Hartway, he refined his technique and built upon his “American” sound mixing atonality, serialism, and tonal music. While writing his thesis work for orchestra, Remember Us, he rekindled his passion for conducting and began pursuit of a second MM in Conducting. In his degrees, he studied with musicologist Dr. Eldonna May and Schenkerian Theorist Karl Braunschweig. He prepared choruses for Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. He also conducted the opera productions, including Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan.
In 2013, he was invited to conduct Verdi’s La Traviata for Michigan Opera Theatre’s community programs, receiving high acclaim. He always had a deep appreciation for opera; furthermore, this opportunity ignited a great passion and Mr. Neer has since led performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Metro-Detroit.
In early 2016, he embarked on an international conducting career, appearing with orchestras in Romania and Bulgaria. He has studied privately with orchestral conductor and mentor Kenneth Kiesler, choral conducting with Dr. Norah Duncan IV, and Douglas Bianchi (winds). He has been a clinician to schools and professional organizations in metropolitan Detroit.
In addition to Oakland Choral Society, Andrew is honored to serve as Music Director/Conductor Orchestra Sono (Bloomfield Hills MI) and Music Director/Conductor of the Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra. He holds Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. He is an active member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Conductors Guild, League of American Orchestras, College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), The Society of Composers International, and alumni to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He aspires to create new music and opportunities to share music with anyone who may not normally experience orchestral and opera repertoire.