The American choral conductor and organist, John Neely, grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has been active in the Presbyterian Church all his life. He holds degrees from Duquesne University, Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
John Neely has taught in the music departments of at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and at Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio. In 1981 he moved to Dayton, Ohio and became Associate Minister for Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. A superb organist and choral director, under his leadership Westminster Church has an active music program for all ages with five singing choirs and three handbell choirs. Westminster offers musical programs that nourish the entire region.
John Neely is one of the most renowned musicians in the Greater Dayton region. He has been Music Director of the Bach Society of Dayton since its inception in 2002. His engaging personality, abundant musical skills, and ability to nurture musicians of varied ages make him the ideal musical leader of the Bach Society of Dayton.
John has been Dean of the Canton and Dayton Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and was National President of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He is active in the Dayton and surrounding areas as an organ recitalist, choral clinician, and is Music Director of the Bach Society of Dayton. He got married in 2002 with Ruth. They are parents of two grown sons and four grandchildren, Micah, Zeke, Kennedy, and Miles.