I am an assistant professor of music and music coordinator at Jamestown Community College, where I oversee the music program and teach music theory, aural skills, piano, and other subjects. I am also an active composer, improvising performer, and poet.
With over 80 musical compositions to my credit, I have composed a wide variety of works both in the acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums. My music has been performed across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, including many performances at major conferences both in this country and abroad. Described by Classical Guitar Canada as music that “tantalizes the intellect,” my work appears on commercially available recordings from the Summit and Emeritus labels, and my cantata, The New People, is featured on a CD/DVD combination package of the same name, distributed by the Del Mar College Music Department. My music is currently published by Jomar Press, Cimarron Music Press, and Tuba-Euphonium Press. Over the years I have fulfilled a variety of commissions from many individuals and organizations such as saxophonist Andy Wen, Duo 46, the Oneota Chamber Players, the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet, the Strung Out Trio, tubist Yutaka Kono, trumpeter Mary Thornton, the Del Mar College Concert Band, the Central Washington University Percussion Ensemble, flutist Christine Beard, the Iowa Music Teachers’ Association, and the University of Central Arkansas Foundation.
My wife, Elaine Flory, is a published writer of fiction and poetry who holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. We have collaborated on numerous creative projects, most notably The New People, a full-length cantata for the Del Mar College Choirs and Concert Band, commissioned by the Del Mar College Foundation in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Del Mar College. I have also long enjoyed collaborations with dancers; several of my compositions have been choreographed and presented with dance in various venues.
As an improvising pianist, I have performed a variety of live structured improvisations both as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. Some of these works have been interdisciplinary in nature. I am also the author of over 450 poems, some of which have been published in journals such as Mind Matters Review and Alternative Press Magazine. At various times I have set my own poetry to music, and my poems have also appeared in musical settings by composer Samuel J. Hamm, Jr. I hold degrees from the University of Central Florida (B.M.E.), the University of Florida (M.M.), and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). While earning my degrees, I studied composition with Stella Sung, Budd Udell, James Paul Sain, Russell Pinkston, Mark Schultz, Dan Welcher, and Donald Grantham.
Prior to my work at JCC, I served as a member of the music faculties of Central Washington University, Del Mar College, and Luther College. I am an active member of the Society of Composers, Inc., the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the College Music Society, and ASCAP.
Flory, Neil. "Entropy of Desire." CD Apparitions featuring saxophonist Andy Wen. Emeritus Recordings, 2011. CD.
Flory, Neil. "Suite for Flute Quartet." Cimarron Music Press, 2007.
Flory, Neil. "Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba." Tuba-Euphonium Press, 2003.
Flory, Neil. "Venn Music I." Untaming the Fury featuring Duo 46. Summit Records, 2003. CD.
Flory, Neil. "Sonata for Five Players." Jomar Press, 2001.