Music Director

Andrew Neer

Conductor

Beginnings and Education

American conductor, Andrew Neer, was born in Tucker, Georgia and currently resides in Grosse Pointe,  Michigan with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is quickly becoming known for his dynamic and expressive conducting style. His focus has been to educate and expand appreciation of music. He believes that at the heart of everything, music is the soul of America and provides transformative experiences for those performing and participating in the audience.

Living in Michigan for most of his life, he is thrilled to join the Macomb Symphony Orchestra family. He attended Central Michigan University (CMU) studying Composition, Trumpet and Music Theatre Performance. Following his time at CMU, he obtained two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting, respectively, from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. His composition experience ranges from that of the art song to film scores. As a composer, he had the pleasure of working under the instruction of Dr. James Hartway (Master of Music, MM), Dr. David Gillingham & late Dr. Jose-Luis Maurtua. In his studies, he has worked with musicologist Dr. Eldonna May and Dr. Steven Whiting, and Theorist Dr. Karl Braunschweig. As part of his work at Wayne State, he conducted the opera productions, including The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan.

Conducting at home & internationally

In the summer 2013, he was invited to conduct Verdi’s La Traviata for Michigan Opera Theatre’s community programs, receiving high acclaim. In early 2016, he embarked on an international conducting career, appearing with orchestras in Romania and Bulgaria. He is honored to study privately with orchestral conductor & mentor Kenneth Kiesler. In the Fall of 2020, Andrew began Doctoral Studies in Orchestral Conducting at the world-renown University of Michigan. In addition to working with orchestras, Mr. Neer has been honored to lead choruses and conduct operas in and around Metropolitan Detroit. He has been a clinician to schools and professional organizations in metropolitan Detroit.

In addition to the Macomb Symphony Orchestra, Andrew is honored to serve as the Artistic Director / Conductor of Oakland Choral Society (Bloomfield Hills MI) and Music Director / Conductor of the Orchestra Sono (Bloomfield Hills). He is entering the third year of Doctoral studies in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan and holds Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. He is an active member of ASCAPThe Conductors GuildLeague of American OrchestrasCollege Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), and The Society of Composers International. He aspires to create opportunities to share music with all concert goers, those who love orchestral music – and those who don’t know they love it – yet…