David C. Neely is Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, where he joined the faculty in 1993. Professor Neely is a faculty member of the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipeteno, Italy. In 2006 & 2009, he served as artist/teacher of violin at the Schlern Summer Music Festival in Schlern, Italy. He also taught and performed at the Rocky Ridge Summer Music Festival in Estes Park, Colorado from 1998 to 2009.
Mr. Neely received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and his Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University. He has also studied at Indiana University and had post-graduate studies with Peter Marsh. Mr. Neely's teachers include, Peter Marsh, Josef Gingold, and Mahlon Darlington. Prior to his appointment at UNL, Mr. Neely was a tenured associate professor of violin/viola at the University of South Dakota from 1987-1993, and a founding member of the Rawlins Piano Trio. Mr. Neely served as first violinist of the Omega String Quartet at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival from 1989 to 1997.
Professor Neely has performed and given master classes throughout the United States and Europe, and is recorded on the Albany Records label. He has presented several sessions at the annual national American String Teachers National Conference (ASTA), and continues to review violin, viola, and chamber music literature for the ASTA journal. Mr. Neely has performed as guest concertmaster of the Lincoln Symphony and as co-concertmaster of the Sioux City Symphony. He has been a member of several orchestras in various states including, Indiana, California, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. He currently plays in the Omaha Symphony in Omaha, Nebraska.
In the summer of 2010, Professor Neely performed in the Orfeo International Summer Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy as Artist/Teacher in residence. There he performed on several faculty recitals, give individual lessons, and presented a master class. In the summers of 1006 and 2009, Professor Neely was a member of the faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in Schlern, Italy where in addition to his performing and teaching, he judged the 2009 international concerto competition. Professor Neely also spent a month teaching in and performing in 2000 at the Sebelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland through a university faculty exchange program. During the summer of 1997, Professor Neely embarked on a three week recital tour of Europe, giving 11 recitals in various cities throughout Switzerland and Germany, including in Frankfort, Winterther, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, and Zurich. He also presented master classes at the Leysin American School and the Aiglon College in Switzerland, and one at the University of Maintz in Germany.