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".
2015 Breakout Sessions
Creating a great choral sound that impacts congregational worship
The vocal/choral techniques that produce maximum potential for singing that is both beautiful and inspiring.
English diction that anables congreational worship
Techniques that guarantee text understanding and word-meaning-communication with the congregation.
Section (SATB) characteristics, problems and solutions
Discussion of each of the four (SATB) choir sections, and how to specifically teach them.
Rhythmmic interest, forward motion and phrasing
Bringing the "mathematics" of notation to musical artistry.
Score preparation and conducting artistry
Structural analysis and preparation of the score; and elements of artistic conducting.