Neal Endicott (b. 28 December 1990, Detroit, Mich.) is an American composer, scholar, saxophonist, and educator.
Dr. Endicott has his doctorate in music composition as well as an MM in theory from Michigan State University where he studied with Dr. Alexis Bacon and Dr. David Biedenbender. He holds a master’s of music in composition from Western Michigan University where he studied under Dr. Richard Adams and served as president of the Western Student Composers Alliance. He has also participated in master classes and taken private lessons with Richard Danielpour, John Mackey, Dana Wilson, Dr. James Mobberley, Kathryn Salfelder, Trent Kynaston, and Dr. Scott Boerma. In addition to his degree in composition, Neal holds a master’s of business administration and a bachelor’s of music in saxophone performance from Western Michigan University.
Endicott's music is rooted in his experiences, personal history and extra-musical passions. His work frequently engages with jazz harmonic and melodic language, with the asymmetric metrical language of Eastern European folk music, and makes use of varied orchestral color and texture as principal structural forces. His humor, love of literature, and passions for travel, food, wine, and spirits often inspire his work, as does his engagement with politics and activism.
Dr. Endicott has written an extensive catalogue of works, ranging from solo instrumental works to large-scale band and orchestra compositions. He has had works commissioned by the Five Colleges New Music Festival (Amherst, Mass.), Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, Ill.), Michigan State University Concert Orchestra (East Lansing, Mich.), and many individual performers and ensembles, especially in the state of Michigan.
His compositions have been awarded by the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University, the Sinta Quartet, the American Prize in Composition, the Mivos Quartet, and the PUBLIQuartet. His Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra was twice awarded by Michigan State University and premiered by the MSU Symphony Orchestra with soloist Evan Harris in the spring of 2019. On the international level, Neal’s works for chamber orchestra have been performed multiple times by the Lemberg Philharmonic (Lviv, Ukraine) as part of KLK New Music’s Orient/Occident New Music Festival and in Murcia, Spain as part of Vox Novus’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame concert series.
As a saxophonist, Neal studied with Trent Kynaston, Dr. Andrew Rathbun, and Laurie Sears. Neal has performed in pit orchestras throughout Michigan, as well as with jazz, funk, and rock groups all around the state. While still in high school, Neal won the Encore Wind Symphony’s annual Harry Goldson Young Artist Competition and gave three performances of Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone with the group. In 2013, Neal performed the premiere of Dr. Christopher Biggs’ work Fractures of Echoes with Birds on a Wire.
Works for Winds
- Ascension Fanfare (2014)
- Chamber Symphony No. 1 (2021)
- Headed East (2016)
- Lux Liquida (2014)
- Millennial Sketches
- Northsong (2015)
- Odyssey (2013)
- Neal Endicott, personal correspondence, September 2020
- Neal Endicott website Accessed 6 September 2020