Bruce's undergraduate degree is from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. His DMA is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bruce also received an MAA from Wesleyan University and an MMU from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal teachers were Ben Johnston, Hubert Kessler, J. F. Goossen, Lara Hoggard, Charles Hamm, Byrnell Figler, Roy McAllister, Soulima Stravinsky and Sophia Rosoff. Bruce was one of the seven keyboard players in the 1969 premiere of John Cage's HPSCHD. He has been visiting professor and artist-in-residence at Middlebury College, Bucknell University, the University of Michigan, and at Brooklyn College. He was the chorus director for the now defunct Connecticut Opera, and is director of music at South Congregational Church in Middletown, Connecticut.
He is the first pianist ever to play the entire song oeuvre of Charles Ives, which he performed with several singers as part of the Ives Vocal Marathon.
- official website
- ReadTheTattoo.com stories about Neely Bruce
- A Plague on all our houses! Neely Bruce has seen the future, and it sucks. A page devoted to Bruce's rock cantata, The Plague, based on the Fourth Horseman.
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