Bill McNeil

Principle Artistic Advisor

Violin Instructor

William McNeil is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Western Michigan, where he earned his bachelor of arts in music performance, music theory, and general business studies.

He has worked with symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States, including: The Phoenix Symphony, the Phoenix Ragtime Ensemble, the Charleston (WV) Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Opera Theatre, the Charleston String Quartet, and Symphonia de Camera from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Currently, he is the violinist in residence at the Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, Kentucky, where he teaches violin and beginning music theory at the McNeil Vocal Studio. He performs throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana, as both a soloist and ensemble player.

William McNeil's recent work with The Marvellous Light Orchestra has taken him internationally on two tours of Southeast Asia and one European tour. He has toured twice throughout Israel and the Holy Land with Ray Hughes and Selah Ministries. His current work with Pleasant Company, a five-piece ensemble specializing in classical and traditional English, Irish, Scottish and American folk music, has resulted in the group's first Compact Disc release. The CD, titled "Pleasant Company" is available at the Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, the bookstore at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, or online.


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