Oklahoma Baptist University

Christopher Neal

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Raley Chapel 104
OBU Box 61247
500 West University
Shawnee, OK 74804

Dr. Christopher Neal is managing artistic director of West Winds Chamber Players in Oklahoma City. He previously served as director of bands and assistant professor of music at Washington State University in Pullman, where he coordinated a comprehensive NCAA Division I university band program at a Carnegie Research I institution. He also served as faculty advisor for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma national band fraternities and for the Collegiate National Association of Music Education chapter.

He was director of bands and associate professor of music at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, for seven years, where he conducted the wind ensemble, symphonic band and chamber winds. In addition to teaching music courses, he also directed the marching band. He received the Outstanding Faculty award in 2007-08 and the McMurry University Pacesetter Award for Leadership in the Areas of Recruiting and Institutional Advancement in 2005.

At Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., Neal was director of athletic bands and assistant professor of music education. He was a doctoral conducting assistant at OU; lecturer in music at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas; and assistant director of bands at Waco High School in Waco, Texas.

He is a member of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association and the National Association for Music Education. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. He also is active as a marching band drill designer and visual consultant for high school bands throughout Texas.

Educational Background:

  • B.M.E., University of Oklahoma
  • M.M., University of Texas
  • D.M.A., University of Oklahoma

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