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Neal Woodruff

School of Music

D.M.A., 2002, University of Oklahoma
M.M., 1995, Stephen F. Austin State University
B.A., 1991, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Woodruff joined the ONU faculty in 2000. He is the conductor of the University Orchestra and Concert Singers. His teaching responsibilities include applied voice/pedagogy (both classical and contemporary), opera/music theatre, applied conducting, and church music. 

Prior to his appointment at Olivet, he served on the faculties of Malone College, Southern Nazarene University, and the Herscher, Ill., school district. In addition, he has maintained numerous full- and part-time church positions in Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Current and former students of Dr. Woodruff have performed leading roles with the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Indianapolis Opera, Marriott Theatre (Chicago), Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, and with Concora.

While completing his doctorate degree, he was a student of Dennis Shrock and Alan Ross. He has also studied with David Jones, Deborah Dalton, Jeannette LoVetri and Terry Eder; and participated in master classes with Richard Miller, Fiora Contino, Paul Kiesgen and John Keenan. He is a certified instructor of Somatic Voicework™ — The LoVetri Method.

Dr. Woodruff served as the Illinois governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and as the chorus master for the Sugar Creek Opera Festival. As understudy soloist with the Chicago Symphony, he performed under the batons of Sir Georg Solti, Margaret Hillis, Zubin Mehta and James Levine. He maintains an active schedule as performer, clinician and adjudicator. Recent performances include Bernstein's West Side Story, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Verdi's La Traviata, and Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

He and his wife, Shannon, have three children, Ryan, Kayelyn and Kellea.



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