B i o g r a p h y
K e v i n N e e l enjoys a versatile career as organist, collaborative pianist, conductor, singer, and administrator. He was recently named in the Diapason Magazine's 2019 Class of "20 under 30" which recognizes young talents in the fields of organ and harpsichord performance, organ and harpsichord building, carillon, and church music. The Boston Classical Review recently wrote that Kevin "executed his complex part with vigor and sensitivity" and "brought a ruddy, Anglican glow to the organ part." (read more)
He has been heard at the organ in numerous venues including Symphony Hall (Boston), Old South Church, Emmanuel Church, Old West Church, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, and looks forward to upcoming engagements at The Mother Church and Trinity Church (both in Boston). He also has appeared in numerous venues in the southeast. He also has appeared as organ and piano accompanist for multiple choral ensembles in the New England area. Currently he serves as Accompanist for The Boston Cecilia and The Heritage Chorale.
In December 2016 he co-founded “et al.,” (formerly "The Brookline Consort") with soprano Carey Shunskis. et al. is a project-based professional choral ensemble for which he serves as co-artistic director, baritone, and primary accompanist and whose mission is to tell stories through diverse, thoughtful programming performed at the highest level. As a singer, he has also sung with the Marsh Chapel Choir, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, and VOICES 21C.
He is Organist and Chapel Choir Director at Emmanuel Church, Boston and Organist for St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine. Equally at home in administration, he serves as the Parish Operations Manager at Emmanuel Church and was the Executive Director for Coro Allegro from 2016-2019. He holds a Masters of Sacred Music degree from Boston University in Choral Conducting with primary professors Ann Howard Jones, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Peter Sykes and a Bachelors of Music degree from Indiana University in Organ Performance with primary professors Janette Fishell, Bruce Neswick, Jeffrey Smith and Todd Wilson. Kevin is originally from the Charlotte, NC area where he studied organ with David Lowry and Shirley Fishburne and piano with Patsy Surratt.