Dr. Albert J. McNeil
A native Californian, Dr. Albert J. McNeil was born in Los Angeles. He earned his undergraduate and Master’s Degrees at UCLA, and he did doctoral studies at USC, the Westminster Choir College, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at the UC Davis, where he was Director of Choral Activities for 22 years and headed the Music Education Program.
McNeil is author and editor on a series of music education textbooks for Silver-Burdett-Ginn, and has a music series with both Lawson-Gould (Hal Leonard) and Fred Bock Music. He conducted the World Youth Choir tour in Canada and North America and was vocal director/conductor of the 40th Annual Christmas Candlelight Procession at Disneyland. He is guest Conductor on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Anthology of Negro Spirituals – a CD, in collaboration with the late Moses Hogan. He has performed twice in Carnegie Hall, most recently with a choir featuring the music of Jester Hairston.
Among his many awards are Alumnus of the Year, UCLA; the Michael Korn Award from Chorus America; Sterling Patron of Mu Phi Epsilon; and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the CSU Board of Trustees. McNeil is on the boards of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the NMS. He is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America.