Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs regularly throughout the United States and worldwide as a recitalist and as a collaborative chamber musician. She received her training from UNC School of the Arts and at the Juilliard School, where she studied with William Lincer and with the Juilliard Quartet. As an educator, she enjoys her role as visiting assistant professor and orchestra director for Central College in Pella, Iowa. Currently principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, she also serves on the faculty of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In the summer, she is in residence in North Carolina, where she performs, coordinates a chamber music program, and teaches as a faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival. Her performances have taken her to concert stages worldwide, to France, Spain, Poland, Portugal, China, Morocco and Brazil, and to the music festivals of Spoleto, Banff, and Evian. In France, she served as both the solo violist of the Orchestre de Picardie and as violist of Quatuor Joachim (String Quartet). She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Musica Harmonia, formed to promote peace and cultural understanding through musical collaboration. An enthusiast of new music, Dr. Phoenix-Neal has collaborated with composers Jerzy Kornowicz (Poland) and Gwyneth Walker (USA) in commission projects in 2013, 2014 and in 2015, presenting world premiere performances of works written for her and for Musica Harmonia. Her recent recitals and projects featuring contemporary music for viola have been presented at Central College, Northwestern University New Music Conference, the New Frontiers Festival at the University of Wyoming and at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland. Recent collaborative performances include guest appearances at Eastern Mennonite University, Augustana College, and with Drake Fine Arts Faculty Series.