Neal Hampton has conducted the Savannah Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Springfield (MA) Symphony, and London’s Westminster Philharmonic (concert tour to Nova Scotia), among others. He has premiered numerous contemporary works, served as music director for theater productions at the Gloucester Stage, the Boston Conservatory, and has returned to conduct the Boston University Orchestra on several occasions, including a performance of the Stoppard/Previn collaboration, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, at Town Hall in New York City.
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. He currently holds the post of Assistant Conductor of the Plymouth Philharmonic, and serves on the faculties of Brandeis University and Wellesley College as conductor of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.
Boston-area performances of his concert-works include music for the ballet Rappaccini’s Daughter. Other compositions include incidental music for the Canadian Premier of Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days, and a choral arrangement for the Columbia Pictures release of Mona Lisa Smile. Mr. Hampton’s musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (book and lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow) received its world premier in April 2013 at the Denver Center Theatre Company staged by Tony-nominated director, Marcia Milgrom Dodge.
Born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Hampton holds degrees in composition and conducting from the Eastman School of Music and Boston University. He has also studied at the Monteux School for Conductors and participated in the conducting seminar at Tanglewood.