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 chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is the Dean of the Treasure Coast chapter in Florida. He was on the board of the NYC chapter, was a trustee of its Centennial Millennium Fund, and served as newsletter editor 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.

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11 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.

  7. Does anyone know what happened to the Aeolian-Skinner at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue after it was removed? Was it just thrown into the trash, or were parts of it repurposed?

    • The NYC AGO page here has the most comprehensive info on the history of the St T organ of any single source I know. In a nutshell, lots of the pipewok from 1956 remained in the organ until the arrival of the new Dobson organ. How much they retained, if any, I do not know. http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/StThomasEpis.html

      • I do know that when the organ was taken out in prep for the Dobson, some things were requisitioned by various places. The only place I personally know of is St Mark’s Locust St Philadelphia which got some of the Positif which is to go into the renovated organ there.

  8. Dear Neal, Currently I am including chants that were posted on the Anglican Chant Appreciation Society Facebook pages in my index http://www.anglicanchant.nl. On Oct. 5th, 2017 a chant was posted (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210836678335387&set=g.116338045052961&type=1&theater&ifg=1) by Neal Campbell. Could this by any chance be you? If so, I will set a link to this page for biographical information. To complete biographical information , I try to have for every composer the year of birth (for research purposes..). Would you be willing to share this information?

  9. Yes, I submitted a chant I arranged from the refrain of Nicholson’s hymn tune “Crucifer.” I’d be glad for you to link to this page.

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