DeMar Neal, a North Carolina native, joined the Meredith faculty in 2010, where he teaches applied voice, lyric diction for singers, and art song repertoire. With a special talent for light opera and comedic roles, Neal made several praiseworthy debuts during the 2011-2012 season, including: El Dancaïro (Carmen) with North Carolina Opera; Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) with Varna Opera; and Ko-Ko (The Mikado) with Greenville Light Opera Works. The Greenville News lauded his turn as the cheap tailor-cum-executioner saying, “His Ko-Ko is bitingly crisp in expression and action – a performance artful and frequently hilarious. Neal possesses the soul of a true Savoyard.” He has performed a wide variety of stage roles, including: Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Andres de Ribeira in Offenbach’s La Périchole, and Falke in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
Dr. Neal is also an active recitalist, adjudicator, masterclass technician, and researcher. He has received grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the Elon University Academic Technology and Computing Committee, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Varna Music Academy, Songfest Professional Program, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy. In addition to university service, Dr. Neal currently holds the position of Secretary for the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, NATS, Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Opera Association. His current scholarly interests focus on rehabilitative semi-occluded vocal tract voice therapy and the art songs of contemporary American composer Jake Heggie.
Courses Taught: Applied Voice, Italian & English Phonetics for Singers, German & French Phonetics and Repertoire for Singers, Baroque & Early Classic Music History
M.M. – vocal performance, The Boston Conservatory; D.M. – vocal performance, Florida State University
B.M. – vocal performance, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill