This month we’re featuring composer Neil Harmon!
Acclaimed as “one of the finest products of the American organist school,” [La Nuova Venezia] Neil Harmon enjoys a career as organist, conductor, composer, and teacher. He is Director of Music and Organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he directs a semiprofessional choir, a youth choir, and two bell choirs. A graduate of The Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM) and Brigham Young University (BM), Dr. Harmon has performed in South America, Europe, and the United States. His organ teachers include Linda Wildman, Parley Belnap, Richard Elliott, Don Cook, Russell Saunders, David Craighead, and Michael Farris.
Dr. Harmon’s compositions include a seven-movement Requiem for choir, orchestra, and soprano, as well as music for solo organ, handbell choir, mixed chorus, woodwind quintet, and brass quintet. Active in the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Harmon served two terms as chapter Dean and twice as Co-Director of the Delaware Pipe Organ Encounter. Neil and his wife, Anese, are the parents of five children.
Harmon is particularly known for his Requiem, which was released in 2014. The dedication is “For the Grace United Methodist Church Choir, Wilmington, Delaware, in memory of loved ones.” A full video by Saint James’ Episcopal Church in Warrenton, VA, is below.