neal Richardson


Neal Richardson is a magna cum laude graduate of Belmont University and holds a Master's of Music degree (piano and music theory) from Baylor University. He has completed his coursework on a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with a cognate in Music Theory from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. As a music director at the university level, Neal has enjoyed his work at the College-Conservatory of Music (john & jen, Cabaret, Starting Here, Starting Now and Baby) and at Northern Kentucky University (Little Mary Sunshine, Nunsense, The Fantasticks and others).

Neal has served as Music Director at Webster University for the last 13 years where his credits include The Spitfire Grill, OKLAHOMA!, No, No, Nanette, Pippin, 42nd Street, Violet, Nine, Into the Woods, A New Brain, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and many others. He teaches all four levels of the Musical Theatre curriculum.  He is the music director and arranger for the Muny Teens and teaches voice and musical theatre at Stages Performing Arts Academy and the Webster Community Music School.


As an arranger for Hal Leonard, he is responsible for the vocal selections of Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Brooklyn, Jersey Boys, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grey Gardens, The Color Purple, The Pirate Queen, Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Passing Strange, Legally Blonde, [title of show], Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, People in the Picture, Newsies, Ghost, the Musical, A Christmas Story as well as arrangements for solo piano including a solo piano collection of Radiohead songs. He is also the arranger/co-editor and pianist for Hal Leonard's forthcoming Broadway Singer's Edition.

Mr. Richardson is the composer/lyricist for original musicals produced by The Imaginary Theatre Company and the St. Louis Repertory Theatre including The Elves and the Shoemaker, Robin Hood, My Father’s Dragon, The Box Wars and Hansel and Gretel: the Next Generation.

Neal has written and arranged for The Gateway Men's Chorus, The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Men Alive: The Orange County Gay Men's Chorus, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C., The Portland Gay Men's Chorus and others and his choral music is published by Yelton-Rhodes. He serves Samuel United Church of Christ as organist/choir director.