Eastern Mennonite University

Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs regularly throughout the United States and worldwide as a recitalist and as a collaborative chamber musician. As an educator, she enjoys a dual role as both professor and orchestra director for the Central College (Iowa) music department. Currently principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, she also serves on the performing and teaching faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, and is a teaching artist at Drake University. Her performances have taken her to concert stages worldwide, including to France, Spain, Portugal, China, Morocco, and Brazil, and to the music festivals of Spoleto, Banff, and Evian. Dr. Phoenix-Neal received her training from the Juilliard School, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In France, she served as both the solo violist of the Orchestre de Picardie and as violist of Quatuor Joachim (String Quartet) from 1989-1997 and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Musica Harmonia, formed to promote peace and cultural understanding through musical collaboration. Since 2007, Musica Harmonia has completed two tours to Brazil and presented its first commissioned works in festival concerts in 2011. An enthusiast of new music for viola, Dr. Phoenix-Neal has collaborated with composers Jerzy Kornowicz (Poland) and Gwyneth Walker (USA) in various projects in 2013 and in 2014 by presenting world premiere performances of works written for her and for Musica Harmonia. Recent concert collaborations include chamber music series with violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violist Robert Vernon and cellist Lynn Harell. She has appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orchestre de Picardie (France), and the Central College Community Orchestra of Iowa, and as a guest artist in recitals at Heidelberg University, Eastern Mennonite University, University of South Carolina, Anderson University, and the American Library of Nancy (France).