Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Postma, Neal

Name:  Neal Postma
Title:  Adjunct Faculty of Saxophone
Education:  D.M.A. Candidate in Saxophone Performance, University of South Carolina; M.M. in Saxophone Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); B.M. in Saxophone Performance, University of Colorado
Office:  Conservatory of Music  
Area(s):  SaxophoneChamber MusicWoodwind Equipment


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Faculty & Staff Profiles

Saxophonist and pedagogue Neal Postma holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM) and is a currently a DMA Candidate at the University of South Carolina where he serves as a lecturer of Music Appreciation. He is also on the faculty of Winthrop University and Claflin University teaching applied lessons on saxophone and chamber music. As a concert saxophonist Neal has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia giving performances in such venues as Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Newman Center for the Performing Arts and The Idyllwild Performing Arts Center. He has given recitals at universities and various regional, national and international conferences. His primary teachers are Dr. Cliff Leaman, Dr. James Bunte and Tom Myer. Neal is a P. Mauriat and D'Addario Woodwinds endorsing artist performing exclusively on their products. In 2017 he served as the Orchestra Manager for the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, Missouri.

As an educator Neal currently is currently on the faculty at Winthrop University where he teaches applied lessons on saxophone and coaches the saxophone quartet. He also on the faculty at Claflin University where he teaches applied lessons on saxophone and clarinet. Additionally he is the graduate assistant to the music history department at the University of South Carolina where he teaches undergraduate Music Appreciation. He previously held the position of MYP Director of Western Music at the Guangdong Country Garden International School (an IB accredited institution) near Guangzhou, China. He is also sought after as a clinician having given masterclasses and recitals at the Cincinnati Conservatory, The University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Denver School of the Arts.

As a soloist he has been featured most recently at the World Saxophone Congress is Strasbourg, France premiering new music by Anthony Green. In recent years he has premiered three concerti for saxophone and wind ensemble. He has given solo performances at the World Saxophone Congress, the Idyllwild Music Festival, multiple North American Saxophone Alliance National and Regional Conferences, the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.

As an adjudicator Neal most recently judged multiple events at the Thailand World Music Competition in Pattaya, Thailand and the first Indonesia International Marching Band Competition in Bogor, Indonesia.

An avid proponent of new music Neal has commissioned and premiered over a dozen solo and chamber works by composers such as Carter Pann, Marc Mellits, Anthony Green, Brendan Keenan, Matthew Browne, Greg Simon, and Hunter Ewen. Neal has personally led consortiums commissioning two concertos from Matt Browne and a work for two saxophones and piano from Grammy nominated composer Carter Pann. Recently he was a featured artist at the Front Wave New Music Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida working with composer John Fitz Rogers. Currently he is the head of consortiums commissioning a new work for saxophone, electronics and video by Anthony Green and a double concerto for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and wind ensemble by Tom Dempster

Active in the chamber music scene, Neal currently plays baritone sax in the Praenimis Saxophone Quartet. This group was a semi-finalist in the 2016 NASA Biennial Conference Quartet Competition and is currently planning a tour of Taiwan, Korea and China in 2017.

Neal currently works with D'Addario Woodwinds on their new Woodwinds Method Program. This program promotes products at universities, public schools, lessons studios and music studios across the US. In this capacity he has given over forty clinics at leading institutions in both the Southeast US and California.

Last updated by rayj 08/15/2019

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