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Neal is known for his sensitive performance of 17th century Scottish lute music. His unique arrangements of this repertoire on the seldom heard soprano lute have drawn him into the folk scenes of the midwestern and eastern United States. Neal attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At UNCSA, he received the Aaron Shearer Scholarship for Guitar and took a Bachelor of Music. Neal's work focuses on his connection to the beauty of the natural world and it's inspiration for one uncovering ancient music. Recently  Neal presented a live, four-part concert series of Scottish lute music in collaboration with KKFI, 90.1, Kansas City Community Radio. His recording have been featured on KCUR, 89.3, Kansas City University Radio (NPR affiliate), as well as in collaboration with the Kansas City Ballet and UNCSA's school of dance and film.  Neal was selected to play in the 25th annual Carrboro Music Festival and was selected as a featured artist for Early Music Missouri’s concert season. Most recently, Neal was a guest artist and lecturer at Missouri's Empower: Abilities. His passion for serving the community and research have blended into career in library services over the last decade. Neal has held positions with the Kansas City Public Library, The Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis, and currently with Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Neal currently volunteers as the Clerk of the Lute Society of America,a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of lute music in all its varied forms through performance, preservation, education and research.

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