David Neely is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Kansas. He brings extensive international professional experience to the job, having worked as a conductor in Germany for over 10 years. Equally at home in the symphonic and operatic areas, he has led concerts with the Bochum Symphony, the Dortmund Philharmonic, the Vorarlberg Symphony, The University of Texas Symphony and the opera houses of Bonn, Dortmund, Saarbrücken, Coburg, St.Gallen, Bielefeld, Kaisersautern, Halle, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He recently led Sarasota Opera's production of Moniuszko's rarely performed Polish opera Halka, having conducted that company's Die Fledermaus in 2006. In 2008, he will return to Sarasota to conduct a new production of Puccini's La Rondine. Previous to joining KU, he was Music Director of the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also served as Acting Director of Orchestral Activities for two years. He holds degrees in piano performance and orchestral conducting from Indiana University and pursued post-graduate study in orchestral conducting at the University of Cincinnati's College-Consevatory of Music under Gerhard Samuel.
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