Welcome to the official website for Neal Corwell and Nicolai Music.
Dr. Neal Corwell began his career as a professional musician in 1981 when he won a euphonium position with one of the prestigious premier Washington DC military bands. Since that time he has earned acclaim for his accomplishments not only as a military musician, but also for his endeavors as a soloist/recitalist, clinician, composer/arranger, college professor, and recording artist. In addition to having made hundreds of appearances as euphonium soloist with bands and orchestras, Neal has also presented over 1,100 solo recitals during his travels across the US and around the globe.
During his more than three decades as a professional musician, Neal has built an international reputation as a top euphonium soloist and clinician, and made significant contributions to the repertoire available for solo euphonium. He is also a seasoned professional trombonist, having recorded and performed solo works for both tenor and bass trombone, and done much brass quintet, orchestral, and other free-lance work. In addition to his recitals and solos with ensembles, he has created an entertaining one-man brass band show which he takes into public schools to get children excited about music. He also frequently gives lessons and presents master classes at universities during his travels as a solo artist.
Neal Corwell is a respected and award-winning composer and arranger as well, and although the primary focus of his work in this area has been directed toward the creation of new euphonium and tuba music, he has also written for other wind instruments, strings, voices, and diverse ensembles, both small and large, to include symphonic bands and orchestras. Most his music, all listed on this website, is currently available through Nicolai Music. For more information on his career as a composer, please consult his composer biography.
Dr. Corwell has college teaching experience, having served for several years as adjunct music professor at two universities, Shepherd College in West Virginia, and Frostburg State University in Maryland.
Neal also has experience in the recording field, having done all the studio work (sampling, sequencing, tracking, mixing, and mastering) for his own solo CDs and also for the dozens of his works that utilize a pre-recorded accompaniment. He has also performed on numerous CD projects for other record labels.
And finally, in regard to music publishing, Dr. Corwell has over 20 years experience in this area, having worked with several publishers over the years and owned and operated his own publishing business, Nicolai Music, since 1989.
This website is a work in progress, and is regularly being updated. It currently provides biographical information, lists of compositions, information about purchasing CDs or solos from Nicolai Music, and program notes plus music samples for many of Dr. Corwell’s compositions and arrangements. To learn more about what is to be found on this site, or plans for the future, select the About this Website or What’s New? buttons on your left. To contact Neal Corwell directly, use the “Contact Neal” link located at the bottom of all pages. You may also contact him via Facebook.