Skills

Skills

Technical and Office Skills

  Proficiency with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems Application proficiency includes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and Power Point), Fireworks, Dream Weaver, Audacity, Finale, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb Print material design, including posters, application forms, promotional post cards, and pamphlets Web design proficiency, including basic HTML coding, WYSIWYG editor proficiency, and use of the Word Press and Ning platforms. Current sites include www.chrisneal.com, www.bandboostersonline.com, and www.cancercarecircle.org.    

Fiscal Responsibility

  Budget management of multiple accounts for university music programs and non-profit performing arts organizations, including purchasing, accounts receivable, compiling new budgets, and institutional fundraising Inventory management of $250,000+ of musical instruments, music library holdings, and uniforms Coordinated national and international travel for student ensembles, including all travel logistics, fundraising, maintaining multiple student accounts, donor relations, and university account management. All projects, including a weeklong trip for 50 people on a tour of Italy in 2008, were completed within allotted budgets. Complete and file Internal Revenue Service paperwork for 501(c)(3) establishment and compliance for a non-profit performing arts organization    

Marketing and Program Building

  Proven record of success in building program participation leading others to performance success. This includes tripling band program participation at McMurry University and elevating the performance level to one of international acclaim. Develop all marketing and fundraising materials for a non-profit performing arts organization Over 20 years of experience developing print and web-based promotional materials for university music programs Coordinated with university athletic marketing departments to provide music services at sporting events. These services were not only spirit-related, but also in support of external marketing campaigns.    

Sales and Customer Service

  Recruiting for university music programs, compelling families to invest $15-30,000 per year in their children’s educations. I have had tremendous success in this area, despite competition from much larger, more prestigious universities.  In building the McMurry University Band Camp, I convinced hundreds of families to spend upwards of $500 each, entrusting their children to our care for a week to attend the camp. Developed numerous successful marketing campaigns, including print materials and social media, in the recruitment of students to university music departments and summer camps. Communicated with families of student recruits, not only in the recruiting process, but also in ensuring a quality educational experience while enrolled. This resulted in 4-5 years of service after the sale for each student I recruited.    

Leadership and Management

  Over 20 years of experience leading managing people as a university band director. This includes coordinating student leadership teams, motivating large groups of students to achieve a shared vision, coordinating and supervising adult staff members, and providing mentorship for early-career colleagues.  Guide all aspects of operations, administration, and Board of Directors relations for a non-profit performing arts organization Coordinated with university administrators, alumni, outside donors, and architects in leading a $2.35 Million renovation of the Bynum Band Hall on the McMurry University campus.  As a former university marching band director, I am accustomed to working on deadlines with high expectations. This includes coordinating upwards of 300 people to give successful halftime performances for live audiences of 80,000+ and live television audiences of over 5 million. Examples include live performances at the Orange Bowl halftime and on the NBC Today Show.    

Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

Managing Artistic Director (Part-time position)

West Winds Chamber Players

Coordinate and manage all administrative, developmental, organizational, and artistic tasks in the operation of a non-profit performing arts organization, including:

  • Coordinate with Board of Directors in crafting and achieving the organization's mission
  • Provide leadership for Board of Directors and community members in support opportunities
  • Complete numerous organizational and administrative tasks in support of daily operations
  • Obtain funding from individual donors and through grant writing
  • Recruit and audition musicians
  • Conduct rehearsals and performances with a professional music ensemble
2010 - 2012

Director of Bands

Washington State University
  • Provided leadership in the regular operations of a comprehensive band program at a Division 1 PAC-10 university
  • Conducted the WSU Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds
  • Coordinated recruiting of all wind and percussion students for the School of Music
  • Taught Conducting and Music Education courses
  • Oversaw Music Education curriculum
  • Chair, Music Education Committee - Charged with evaluating and revision the undergraduate Music Education curriculum.
2003 - 2010

Director of Bands

McMurry University

Tenured Associate Professor of Music

  • Conductor, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds
    • Wind Ensemble performed by invitation on the gala concert of the Intercollegiate Wind Festival at Fresno State University in April, 2008
    • Wind Ensemble was the only American wind band to perform at the 2008 World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Bologna, Italy
  • Director, Marching Band and Basketball Band
    • Marching Band featured in the November – December, 2008 edition of Halftime Magazine, a full-color periodical with a national distribution of 10,000
    • Marching Band performed in exhibition at the 2005 Texas UIL State Marching Championship finals
  • Oversee all administrative aspects of the McMurry University Band program, including travel, recruiting, equipment inventory, supervising student staff, and managing Band Expense, Band Tour, Band Camp, and Capital Expense budgets
  • Oversee curricular aspects of the Instrumental Music Education program. Courses taught include:
    • Conducting
    • Music Education Practicum I and II
    • Introduction to Music Education
    • Computers in Music Education
    • Orchestration and Arranging
    • Studio clarinet and saxophone
    • Woodwind Methods
  • Provide departmental leadership in recruiting instrumental musicians

oTotal program membership in 2003 was 29.

oCurrent offerings include Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Basketball Band.

oBand recruiting now accounts for 10% of the total university freshman class and over 5% of the total full-time student population.

  • Coordinate the yearly McMurry University Band Camp (re-instituted in 2005)
  • Active involvement in fundraising, design, and oversight of the $2.35 Million renovation to the Bynum Band Hall, completed in December, 2008
  • Re-designed the Music Education curriculum to more fully address Texas teacher certification exam criteria
  • Academic Advisor for Instrumental Music Education majors
  • Supervised selected student teachers
  • Coordinate yearly concert tours by the Wind Ensemble
  • Committees
    • Curriculum Committee
    • Teacher Education Committee
    • Retention Committee
    • Admissions Standards Subcommittee
    • Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees’ Building and Grounds Committee
    • Faculty Representative to the Public Relations Subcommittee of the McMurry University Strategic Planning Committee
    • Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee
  • Recipient of the 2007-08 Outstanding Faculty award at McMurry University
  • Recipient of the 2005 McMurry University Pacesetter Award for Leadership in the Areas of Recruiting and Institutional Advancement
2002 - 2003

Director of Athletic Bands

http://www.temple.edu

Assistant Professor of Music Education: one-year appointment

  • Director, Marching Band and Basketball Band
  • Co-Conductor, Wind Ensemble
  • Conductor, Collegiate Band
  • Taught courses in the Music Education area, including Teaching Instrumental Music and Student Teaching Seminar (including student teacher supervision)
  • Served on Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • Coordinated recruiting for Athletic Band program
1999 - 2002

Doctoral Conducting Assistant

http://www.bands.ou.edu
  • Conductor, Symphony Band, 2000-01
  • Assistant Conductor, Wind Symphony - Conducted in performance at the 2000 College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference
  • Taught Instrumental Conducting and Teaching Laboratory in a collaborative effort with conducting and music education faculty
  • Actively involved in administration of the 2000 College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference hosted on the University of Oklahoma campus
  • Drill design and rehearsals for the 300-member Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, including complete half-time drill for the 2001 Orange Bowl and 1999 Independence Bowl performances
  • Assisted with administration and operation of the annual Oklahoma Honors Wind Ensemble camp and the Conducting and Teaching Workshop for Band Directors
1996 - 1999

Interim Director of Bands/Assistant Director of Bands

http://www.angelo.edu

Lecturer in Music: three-year fixed-term appointment

Interim Director of Bands, 1997 - 98

  • Responsible for all creative and administrative aspects of the university band program, including Wind Ensemble (founded 1997), Symphonic Band, and Marching Band
  • Conducted San Angelo Youth Wind Symphony (founded 1996)
  • Developed and implemented a systematic approach to recruiting through cultivating successful professional relationships with surrounding public school music programs
  • Taught studio clarinet and saxophone
  • Taught woodwind and string methods classes to music education majors
  • Supervised student teachers
  • Faculty Advisor for Kappa Kappa Psi

Assistant Director of Bands, 1996 - 97 and 1998 - 99

  • Conducted Concert Band
  • Co-Directed Marching Band
  • Supervised student teachers
  • Conducted San Angelo Youth Wind Symphony (founded 1996)
  • Taught studio clarinet and saxophone
1993 - 1996

Assistant Band Director

Waco High School
  • Conductor, Symphonic Band
  • Assistant Conductor, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Guest conducted Wind Ensemble at the 1996 National Concert Band Festival

Education

Education
2002

Doctor of Musical Arts

University of Oklahoma

Objective

Transition from a highly successful career as a university Director of Bands into the business sector in the Oklahoma City area

Additional Professional Activities

OngoingFrequent guest conducting and clinician activities throughout the United States

OngoingActive as marching band drill designer and visual consultant for high school bands throughout Texas.

2008Essay on music in the television series Firefly published in Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier, edited by Rhonda Wilcox and Tanya Cochran, published by IB Taurius

2007Guest conducted the United States Coast Guard Band in concert

2007Presented the paper Chills, Trills, and Cheap Thrills: The Wind Ensemble Music of Michael Daugherty at the 2007 Popular Culture Association National Conference

2007Article entitled Structure, Symmetry, and Metaphor in Karel Husa’s “Music for Prague 1968” selected for publication (date to be announced) in theJournal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles

2006Essay on music in the HBO television series The Sopranos published in Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO, edited by David Lavery, published by IB Taurius

2005Presented the clinic, Clarinet vs. Saxophone Embouchure: Exploring the Differences at the 2005 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.

2002Presented the lecture, "History, Metaphor, and Compositional Constraint in Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968" at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference at the University of Houston