DeMar Austin Neal, IV is a critically-acclaimed performer, educator, researcher, arranger, stage director, and conductor currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
DeMar enjoys a diverse performance career, with regular engagements in opera, operetta, music theater, concert, and choral organizations across the United States and abroad. He has performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Opera, Greenville Light Opera Works, the Prizery, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and the Tiber Sinfonia Festival among others and his favorite roles include Papageno, Junius, Ko-Ko, the Modern Major General, and King Herod. He sings as a regular member and featured soloist in the chamber choir Voices of A New Renaissance and can be seen on the 10th Anniversary Season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent as part of the classical quartet, VOX.
As an educator and researcher, DeMar serves a variety of interests and needs. He currently works as a full-time instructor at Wake Technical Community College, where his courses have range from music appreciation to class voice and chorus. He also holds a position as an adjunct instructor at Meredith College, where he has taught private voice lessons, lyric diction for singers, and directed the a cappella ensemble Encore! since 2010. He has presented his doctoral treatise, The Song Cycles for Baritone and Piano by Jake Heggie, in conference and his current research efforts focus on the songs of Jake Heggie and Sidney Homer, as well as on semi-occluded vocal tract rehabilitative therapy.
Other interests for DeMar include arranging, stage direction, and conducting. Specializing in works for male and female ensembles, his a cappella arrangements have been featured on both the Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) and SING compilation albums. He has served as an assistant stage director for the International Young Artists Project, and created and directed his own Mozartean pastiche, A Prelude to Romance, for the Meredith College Opera Workshop. He made his conducting debut with Britten’s Albert Herring for Meredith College in 2014, and was recently invited as a guest conductor to lead the 2015 Chatham All-County Choral Festival.
DeMar holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Boston Conservatory, and the Florida State University. He also holds a specialist certification in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech through the University of Utah as well as in Commercial Contemporary Music Vocal Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory.