Neil receives alumni award from Penn State School of Music

April 16, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- William Neil, organist and harpsichordist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of the 2009 Alumni Award from the School of Music in the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. The annual award recognizes alumni for outstanding professional and creative achievements. Neil returned to the Penn State University Park campus April 2-3, to receive his award and meet with students and faculty.

Neil grew up in central Pennsylvania and received degrees in music from Penn State and Syracuse University. In 2001, he was appointed organist of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., after serving as the organist of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago, a post held by some of the world's most noted musicians. He also is the organist of the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Symphonic Brass. Neil has made numerous solo appearances, including a 2006 inaugural concert of the new Dobson organ at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Brass Section. He has been a member of the music faculties at Ithaca College, George Mason University and the Catholic University of America.

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