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).
Neuen is also a Conductor with the 130-voice, highly select Los Angeles based Angeles Chorale, a large chorus whose repertoire emphasizes major works for chorus and orchestra. Don’s recent guest conducting engagements have taken him to Hawaii, Korea and the Hollywood Bowl – upcoming events will be in Texas, Indiana Pennsylvania and Arkansas.
During the decade from January 1999 to July 2010, he held 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’s with this great choir brought to the world the finest quality of sacred music, performed with the highest standards of professional excellence. The repertoire ranged 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.
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.