THOMAS J. O'NEAL
Thomas O’Neal is the Director of Bands at the University of Missouri. He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate conducting courses, and guides all aspects of the University of Missouri band program, which includes seven performing ensembles. During Thomas O’Neal’s tenure at Arkansas State University, the University Wind Ensemble released their first compact disc, ‘Visions’, in 1995. The CD featured the music of Arkansas band composers and received critical acclaim for ‘fine playing…High musical integrity and energy’. In 1998, the Wind Ensemble released a live recording of its performance at the College Band Directors National Association conference. The performance featured the music of Pulitzer prize-winning composer Karel Husa, including Apotheosis of This Earth and Concertino for Piano and Winds. The performance was acknowledged by the composer as ‘one of the finest live performance of my music that I have ever experienced’. Ensembles under Thomas O’Neal’s direction have been featured at state, regional and national music conferences. Additionally, he maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician, having appeared with bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, including recent appearances with the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, in Manchester, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Paraguay, in Asunción and the Orquestra de Sopros Brasileira, in Tatui.