About

Neal Campbell has been the Director of Music and Organist of Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, Florida, since November 2015.  Prior to that he held church and synagogue positions in Washington, Philadelphia, the New York City tri-state region, and Virginia, where for 21 years he was organist and choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Church in Richmond, and was on the faculty of the University of Richmond for ten years.

He grew up in Washington, D. C. and attended the University of Maryland where he sang in the renowned University Chorus.  He studied organ with William Watkins and Paul Callaway and piano with Roy Hamlin Johnson before he left the area in 1976.  He subsequently earned graduate and undergraduate degrees at the Manhattan School of Music where, in various capacities, he studied with several of the leading organists in New York, including Frederick Swann, John Walker, James Litton, McNeil Robinson, Paul-Martin Maki, Arthur Lawrence, Eugenia Earle, and Alec Wyton.  He earned the D.M.A. degree in 1996, for which he wrote his dissertation on the life and works of the New York composer-organist Harold Friedell.

He is a member of the New York City and Treasure Coast chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and was on the board of and was newsletter editor for the NYC chapter from 2009-2015.  He served three terms on the AGO national council representing Region III.  He is also a member of the Organ Historical Society, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Church Club of New York, and the St. Wilfrid Club of the City of New York.

6 responses to “About

  1. Dear Neal Campbell,

    We made a link to your page for the Dutch Organ Society URL http://www.hetorgel.nl (Links USA)

    Neal Campbell
    https://nealfcampbell.wordpress.com

    Kind regards,

    Geert Jan Pottjewijd
    De Woert 12
    9411LZ Beilen
    Nederland/Netherlands
    Webmaster of het Orgel (KVOK = Royal Dutch Organ Society): http://www.hetorgel.nl & http://www.kvok.nl
    Homepage Organs of Arp Schnitger: http://www.arpschnitger.nl
    Homepage: Organs in Drenthe: http://www.orgelsindrenthe.nl
    E-Mail: geertjan@pottjewijd.net
    Telefoon/telephone: 0031-593-524922

  2. Thanks for your interest and I hope that your readers will enjoy my unique perspective on the church and organ scene in America. Welcome!

  3. Jeff Blocker

    Most interesting to read the about of William Watkins. I had been wondering what happened to him after I read some articles in which he was mentioned. And he was right there in WashDC all the time!!!

  4. Neal, I’ve created picture album, American women organists in the early 20th Century on my FB page, “Bethel Knoche Collective”. So far, it is largely based on your research. Please let me know if you have any objections. Thank you.

  5. Steven Egler

    Hello Neal Campbell,
    Now, please do not drop over +_+, but I just “happened” across your wonderful “Words and Pictures” a few days ago by accident. I LOVE IT!…and so nice to see your smiling face as well!

    Perhaps…I hope…you that you can help me. Do you know the death date of William H. Barnes? I have looked EVERYWHERE that I know–I won’t go into detail–but have had no luck. I did discover that he was born in 1892, but I’m certain that he is no longer living.

    I’m preparing the final draft of an interview of Fred Swann for The Diapason and hope that you can help me.

    If you find this info, please let me know where you got it. I’d really appreciate it.

    I trust that you are well…all is well here!

    Thanks so much,
    Steve Egler

  6. Tom Miller

    I am looking for information about 1930’s era personality organist, Bob West. Please contact Tom at btpd016@yahoo.com.

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