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Donald Neuen

Director

Donald Neuen

After twelve years on the faculty of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Rochester New York, Donald Neuen accepted the position of Professor of Music/Conducting and Director of Choral Activities for UCLA in 1993.He immediately developed the highly acclaimed UCLA Chorale and an outstanding graduate program in choral conducting with both the Master of Music (MM) and the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA). Fall, 1996, Neuen also accepted the position of Conductor and Artistic Musical Director of the 130-voice, highly select Los Angeles based Angeles Chorale, a large chorus whose repertoire emphasizes major works for chorus and orchestra.

In 1999, he accepted the additional position of Choral Conductor and Minister or Music for the internationally televised Crystal Cathedral Choir with Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power", seen weekly in over 100 countries totaling 20 million viewers. The special mission of Neuen with this great choir is to bring to the world the finest quality of sacred music, performed with the highest standards of professional excellence. The repertoire ranges from traditional anthems to opera and oratorio choruses, sung in both English and many foreign languages. Jan von den Bosch, one of Europe's leading entrepreneurs, hailed the Choir (on its European tour) as "The greatest choir in the world".

Prior to his work at Eastman, Neuen served on the faculties of the Universities of Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Ball State, and as Director of both Choral and Orchestral Activities for Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Robert Shaw brought Neuen to Atlanta in 1970, as his Assistant Conductor, to create the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The collaboration of Neuen and Shaw in the performance of major works for chorus and orchestra began in 1959. Mr. Shaw, a major force in Neuen's development as a choral conductor, was his teacher, musical advisor, and mentor. Neuen was a member of the world famous Robert Shaw Chorale. In addition to choral conducting, Neuen's unique orchestral experience includes the position of Conductor and Musical Director of the Oak Ridge (Tennessee) Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted professional orchestras in the United States, Canada, Spain, Mexico, and the Russian Chamber Orchestra Kremlin during their tour in the U.S. and was Director of Choral and Orchestral Activities for Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. His wide-range of choral experience includes teaching all levels of public school music; conducting church, community, symphony and collegiate choruses, chamber music, and opera. He has also been innovative in the areas of Jazz and Show Choirs. He is internationally recognized for the presentation of major extended works for chorus, soloists and orchestra.

He has served as guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, and nearly every state in the U.S., working with professional and community choruses and orchestras, all-state high school choruses, collegiate honor choruses, state national and international church music workshops/performances, international music festivals, and divisional and national convention programs of the American Choral Director's Association and the Music Educator's National Conference.

Neuen studied extensively with major renowned choral conductors Robert Shaw and Roger Wagner; and with musicologists Julius Herford, Alfred Mann, Karl Geiringer, Lara Hogggard and Patrick Macy. His musical editions and compositions are published by Lawson-Gould and Hinshaw Music, Inc.

Discography

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Donald Neuen : Empower the Choir - Concepts For Singers : 01 Book : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1201-2

Donald Neuen : Empower the Choir - Concepts For Singers

Review: This is a supplement based on the Donald Neuen Choral Conducting Master video series. Intended for the singers in your choir -- whether in a school, community, or church -- to provide them with clear and concise explanations of key concepts from the video series that you need to have your singers know.

Songlist: Energy Beauty And PLacement, Indivual Section Characteristics, A Unified Approach To Vowel Formation, The Power Of words, Rhythmic Interest And Forward Motion, Additional Concepts

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6414b 01 Book $6.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : A Unified Approach to Vowel Formation : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1106-9

Donald Neuen : A Unified Approach to Vowel Formation

Review: In the third DVD in the 'Choral Techniques and Methods Series,' Donald Neuen starts a discussion of language and sound. He then continues with a series of concepts and exercises that will help your choir master the essential components of singing. You learn how to help your singers become partners in the pursuit of the highest standards of artistic excellence, the standards for which the greatest performing artists strive.

Songlist: Introduction, The color of language, Create a spectrum of sound with language, Vowel formation, A system any choir can master, Examples of vowel formations, The difference between dark and bright vowels, The warmth of "oo", Teaching dark and bright vowels, Vowel exercises, Adding warmth of "oo" to "ee", Dark vowel exercises one and two, Vowels and vocal sound

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3030dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : Artistic Musical Conducting 1 : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1101-9

Donald Neuen : Artistic Musical Conducting 1

Review: In this first volume of Donald Neuen's extraordinary series of video-based classes on conducting, this veteran choral conductor and teacher approaches conducting as a high art, to be mastered as any musical instrument. The baton itself is addressed as an instrument, with detailed commentary on different ways of holding it and using it most effectively to communicate with your ensemble. He also discusses when not to use a baton, and how to use your body language to maximum effect. If you take your conducting seriously and want to "sit at the feet of the master," this is what you've been looking for. Furthermore, the high quality of the audio and video production of these products is equal to their superb content!

Songlist: Introduction, The Baton, Beat Pattern, Patterns Demonstrations

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3026dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : Artistic Musical Conducting 2 : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1102-9

Donald Neuen : Artistic Musical Conducting 2

Review: Volume 2 of Artistic Musical Conducting continues the discussion of conducting beat patterns and styles, from the basics to more complex issues such as fermatas, preparatory beats, and cueing. Any musician who is ready to step onto the podium will be well served by Donald Neuen's clear, logical, natural examples and demonstrations. This and his other DVDs will prepare you to stand in front of any ensemble, whether instrumental or choral, and feel confident that your conducting is clear, effective, and in the best possible service to the music!

Songlist: Dynamics, Beat Styles, Using The Left Hand, Additional Techniques

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3027dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : Energy, Beauty, and Placement : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1104-9

Donald Neuen : Energy, Beauty, and Placement

Review: In the first DVD in the 'Choral Techniques and Methods Series,' Donald Neuen discusses sound and tone quality as well as vitality. In order to teach and lead a choir successfully you must know what to teach, how to teach it, and how to inspire people to learn what you have to offer. Here, Donald Neuen gives you the necessary foundation upon which your future teaching will rest.

Songlist: Sound, How do we develop our concept of fine singing?, How do we define our fine singing sound, Energy, The importance of energy in the choral setting, An exercise to teach energy, Developing energy in slow soft passages, How do we define and teach beauty?, Placement, The imagery of proper vocal placement, An exercise to teach placement

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3028dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : Individual Section Characteristics : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1105-9

Donald Neuen : Individual Section Characteristics

Review: Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Bsses all have different needs and problems that must be carefully addressed. Volume two in the 'Choral Techniques and Methods Series' addresses these issues. This DVD helps you to understand the break in the female voice, nurture young tenors, correct vibrato problems and much more.

Songlist: Sopranos, A frosting on a rich cake of altos, tenors and basses, Rules for singing above the staff, Dealing with vibrato problems, Altos, Addressing the break in the female voice, An exercise for bringing the top voice down, Additional alto concepts, Tenors, The most fragile musical instrument, Developing head-tone from falsetto, Basses, Encouraging a lyrical bass sound

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3029dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : Rhythmic Interest and Forward Motion : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1108-9

Donald Neuen : Rhythmic Interest and Forward Motion

Review: The focus is on bringing the rhythm of your music to life. Volume five of the 'Choral Techniques and Methods Series' will teach you and your choir how to find and mark instances of forward motion in your scores. You will learn how rhythmic interest and the textual emphasis taught in video four go hand in hand. Adiitionally you will learn how rhythmic interest and forward motion are common threads in all great performances. Your singers will find all of the shows in this series to be clarifying and insightful. By learning the valuable information peresented in them, the members of your chorus will share a common vocabulary.

Songlist: Forward motion, Bringing the rhythm of music to life, Phrasing, Establishing logical note-groupings, Off-beat emphasis, Using rhythm to move the music forward, Markings, Marking forward motion in our scores, Specific rhythms, The function of rhythms in context, Rhythmic interest, A common thread in all great performances

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3032dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting


Donald Neuen : The Power of Words : DVD : Donald Neuen :  : 824890-1107-9

Donald Neuen : The Power of Words

Review: While instrumentalists and singers must be solid technicians with an understanding of the methods required for their respective instruments, and both should have an understanding of theory, form, musicology and so forth, it is the singer who needs to be a dramatic actor because of the use of words. In the fourth DVD in the 'Choral Techniques and Methods Series,' you will learn how to teach your choir to deliver text with clear diction, meaning and color.

Songlist: Introduction, Words, What separates the singer from the other musicians, Diction, Understandability, meaning and color, Inflection, Natural syllable and word inflection, Consonants, Voiced and voiceless consonants, Percussive consonants, Dealing with "m" and "n", Of English diction, The power of words

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3031dvd DVD $17.95 Choral Conducting

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