DeMar Austin Neal, IV is a critically-acclaimed performer, educator, researcher, arranger, stage director, and conductor currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
DeMar enjoys a diverse performance career, with regular engagements in opera, operetta, music theater, concert, and choral organizations across the United States and abroad. He has performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Opera, GLOW Lyric Theatre, the Prizery Theatre, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and the Tiber Sinfonia Festival among others. His favorite roles include Papageno, Junius, Ko-Ko, the Modern Major General, and King Herod. He can also be seen on the 10th Anniversary Season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent as part of the classical quartet, VOX.
As an educator and researcher, DeMar serves a variety of interests and needs. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at Wake Technical Community College, where his courses range from music appreciation to class voice and chorus. He also holds positions as an adjunct instructor at Meredith College and a lecturer at North Carolina State University, where he teaches both private voice and lecture-based classes to music majors and minors. He has presented his doctoral treatise, The Song Cycles for Baritone and Piano by Jake Heggie, in conference and his current research efforts focus on the songs of Jake Heggie and Sidney Homer, as well as on semi-occluded vocal tract rehabilitative therapy.
Other interests for DeMar include arranging, stage direction, and conducting. Specializing in works for male and female ensembles, his a cappella arrangements have been featured on both the Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) and SING compilation albums. He has served as an assistant stage director for the International Young Artists Project, and created and directed his own Mozartean pastiche, A Prelude to Romance, for the Meredith College Opera Workshop. His conducting credits feature both staged and choral works including Britten’s Albert Herring, the Chatham All-County Choral Festival, and more.
DeMar has served faithfully on the Executive Board of North Carolina NATS for the past eight years, holding district-level positions as Secretary, Vice-President/Auditions Coordinator, President, and District Governor. He holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Boston Conservatory, and the Florida State University. He also holds a specialist certification in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech through the University of Utah as well as in Commercial Contemporary Music Vocal Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory.