Born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Neal Hampton serves on the faculties of Brandeis University and Wellesley College as conductor of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.
Mr. Hampton has been engaged as guest conductor by the Savannah Symphony, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Handel and Haydn Society, The Tallahassee Symphony (with Marcus Roberts),The Springfield (MA) Symphony (on a concert with Olivia Newton-John), London's Westminster Philharmonic (concert tour to Nova Scotia), and the Vermont Millennium Festival. He has led Boston University's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Theatre in concert and has premiered numerous contemporary works and served as music director for theater productions at the Glouchester Stage, the Boston Conservatory, and Brandeis University. Past conducting posts include Music Director of the Genesee (NY) Symphony and the Lowell (MA) Philharmonic, Conductor of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Young Artist's Orchestra at Tanglewood.
Boston area performances of his compositions include music for the ballet, Rappaccini's Daughter. His music for the ballet Street Scene was premiered in Boston and Bulgaria and was used in broadcast on the A&E, Nickelodeon, Discovery and Learning channels. Other works include incidental music for the Canadian Premier of Lanford Wilson's Book of Days and a choral arrangment for the Columbia Pictures release of Mona Lisa Smile. His adaptation of Charles Dicken's The Chimes was featured at the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative's Birth of a Musical Festival. Currently a member of the advanced class at the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theater Workshop in New York City, his a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility has had workshop productions at the Berkshire Musical Theater Workshop and at Playwrights Horizons and will have it's first fully-staged production at the Wellesley Summer Theatre in April 2011.
Mr. Hampton holds degrees in conducting and composition from the Eastman School of Music and Boston University School of Music. Additional conducting studies include master classes at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, the Conductor's Retreat at Medomak, and at the Tanglewood Seminar for Conductors.