Composer, producer, performer, conductor, music director, teacher, entrepreneur. As comfortable in the recording studio as in the orchestra pit or classroom. Composes in multiple genres from classical to jazz, religious to pop, vocal/instrumental ensembles to musical theater; specializes in musical adaptation of classic literature.
• FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR: Honor White Stone publishing company; Layton, UT — 2010 to 2016. Acts as composer, arranger, producer, and oversees business and marketing functions.
• FREELANCE COMPOSER: 1981 to present. Colorado, Utah, New York, Japan.
• EDUCATION COORDINATOR/MANAGER: Promised Valley Playhouse; Salt Lake City, Utah — 1988-89. Education Coordinator, and Manager of Vocal School.
• ADJUNCT FACULTY: Utah Career College (now Broadview University); Layton, Utah — 2009-2010. Taught courses in Humanities and Writing. Instructor of the Quarter, Winter, 2010.
• INSTRUCTOR: University of Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah — 2009. Youth Theatre at the U’s Theatre School for Youth (YTU). Instructed, and performed with classes for youth, ages 7 through 18, in Stomp percussion, songwriting, musical theater, and musical comedy improv.
• TEACHER: Davis School District; Farmington, Utah — 2009. K-6 Music in Title 1 school.
• ADJUNCT FACULTY: Utah State University, Moab Extension; Moab, Utah — 1995. Music Theory.
• TEACHING ASSISTANT: Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah — 1985-87. Music Theory
• COMPOSER/MUSIC DIRECTOR/ACCOMPANIST:
o Classical Greek Theater Festival; Salt Lake City, Utah — 2010. Euripides' "Alcestis."
o University of Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah — 2008-2010. Youth Theater at the U’s stage productions of: “James and the Giant Peach” (Kingsbury Hall, 2010); “Jungle Book” (Kingsbury Hall, 2009); and “Charlotte’s Web” (Kingsbury Hall, 2008).
o University of Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah — 1983-85. Utah Theater in Education (UTIE) productions of "Hope for the Flowers," "Charlotte's Web" and "Step on a Crack."
o University of Northern Colorado; Greeley, Colorado — 1981-83. Little Theater of the Rockies productions of "Charlotte's Web," "Trumpet of the Swan," "Dreams, Wishes and Other Matters of Importance," "Pushcart Wars," "Silent Joy," and "Step on a Crack."
• IMPROVISATIONAL ACCOMPANIST: University of Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah — 1983-85. Virginia Tanner Dance Studio and Children's Dance Theater (CDT). Head accompanist at the Modern Dance Department, University of Utah.
• Brigham Young University — M. Mus. (Composition), 1987. Recipient of the Barlow Endowment Grant for Education.
• University of Northern Colorado — B. Mus. (Composition/Theory), 1983. Recipient, Dale Dykins composition scholarship. Summa *** laude, GPA 4.0.
• Eastman School of Music — Preparatory Department, Music Composition, 1978-79. Sigma Alpha Iota Composition Contest winner of 2 First Place and 1 Honorable Mention awards, 1979.
• Nazareth Academy, Rochester, New York, 1979. Music major.
• Composition, arranging, improvisational accompaniment, vocal and instrumental conducting, music directing, arranging, producing, music business, teaching, transcription and transposition.
• Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Blackboard, Sibelius, and Finale in both Macintosh and PC platforms.
• Fluent in educational skills of communication, both verbal and written.
• Sense of humor.
• Self-motivated, self-managed, yet a team player.
• Conversant in Japanese
EXCERPTS FROM LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
1. "She knows her stuff and can teach it... She is a consummate professional... Her students love her and have no difficulty expressing those opinions." R.J.
2. "She wrote a beautiful, exciting and poignant score that included both underlying music and original songs that, quite simply, made the show what it was, a success for all concerned... I learned a whole new side of her, that of musical history scholar… She began telling me about different styles of music from Ancient Greece and Rome and how they would fit into my concept of this show… Her work is important and inspired; however, unlike many people in her position, she remains flexible and willing to modify her compositions as needed, often on the spot.” H.H.
3. "She has the music background, the performing experience, the business know-how, a positive, creative personality, and a genuine concern for those around her." R.B.
4. "Ms. Neff is confident and reliable, a pleasure to work with and has a fantastic sense of humor. She has an impeccable and consistent internal compass, listens to ideas, confronts issues, solves problems, and offers valuable insight." L.H.