Neal Warner is a Detroit born composer, orchestrator, copyist, and music educator. He has also worked as a professional bassist, audio engineer, sound designer, and music theatre director. His audio and musical talents have been displayed at international festivals, collegiate concerts and theatrical productions, national tours, on iOS and Android mobile apps, and more. Warner holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music in Composition and Theory from Wayne State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition and Theory at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.
His chamber and orchestral works have been presented at the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival at University of Oregon, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and student concerts at the University of Arizona and Wayne State University in Detroit. Chamber groups to have performed his music include Duo Damiana, Iktus Percussion, and members of the Beo String Quartet. His compositions have won merit in international competitions, including a recent second prize in the university division of the 2017 Robert Avalon International Composition Competition.
Warner’s compositions have also been featured on the theatrical stage. Serving as music director for both the Bonstelle and Hilberry theatres at Wayne State University, Warner's original music was staged in five different productions over the course of two years, totaling nearly fifty individual performances. Recent theatrical highlights include nomination for Best Music Direction at the Annual Encore Michigan Wilde Awards (2016) and music direction of the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal (Hilberry Theatre, 2017).
Warner began his music career as an electric bassist, studying with Detroit jazz legend Dan Pliskow in the early 2000’s. His background includes training in jazz, rock, metal, middle-eastern, latin, and more. Warner’s playing has appeared in recordings and on stage with multiple internationally renowned artists. Additionally, he has performed as a pit musician for numerous musical theatre companies across the state of Michigan.
Warner has served on the faculty of audio production at the Art Institute of Michigan and the faculty of private instrumental studies at the Grosse Pointe Music Academy – Canton. He currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant and instructor of record for the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.