Donald Neuen

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Donald Neuen is an American choral conductor, composer, arranger, editor, and educator who was formerly the Distinguished Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at the University of California, Los Angeles.[1] He conducted the UCLA Chorale while teaching courses in conducting and directing one of the most respected graduate programs in choral conducting in the United States. He was 80 years old when he retired.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in what Neuen described as "the small, enormously musical, Swiss-Mennonite community of Berne, Indiana,"[citation needed], Neuen studied under and was heavily influenced by Robert Shaw (the former Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in Georgia,[citation needed] and famous for his Robert Shaw Chorale).


Neuen served as the Assistant Conductor and the Director of Choral Activities for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.[citation needed]

Neuen led the Los Angeles-based Angeles Chorale as Artistic Director for 13 years, from 1996 to 2009.[citation needed] He was the former director of the Cathedral Choir at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.[citation needed] Before his tenure at UCLA, Neuen was a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.[citation needed]

Neuen has also served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin, University of Tennessee, Ball State University, and Georgia State University.[citation needed] His students have gone on to lead major choruses and orchestras throughout the world.[citation needed] He has released videos in the Choral Excellence Series as well as a collegiate choral conducting textbook, Choral Concepts.[3]

Neuen is a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.[4]


  1. ^ UCLA Music Department, Donald Neuen, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-04-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "A grand finale for conductor extraordinaire Donald Neuen".
  3. ^ "Donald Neuen choral director biography and CD recordings".
  4. ^ Delta Omicron Archived January 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine