Stephen Neely, PhD, Dalcroze License, Carnegie Mellon Assistant Professor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, is a conductor, teacher, singer, and clinician. He is the Director of the Carnegie Mellon Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center and Director of the Pre-College programs at Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Dalcroze Pedagogy for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music and has taught every BFA in Music Performance and Composition at CMU since 1999. He taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics and directed the Opera Workshop at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts for 23 years (1994–2018) and served as Chorusmaster for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh from 1999–2010. He was featured as the Hangman in Leonardo Balada’s early operas Hangman, Hangman and the world premiere of The Town of Greed for the Naxos label, and he was a featured speaker at TEDxCMU 2012. Dr. Neely coined the term Soma Literacy in Soma Literate Design–recentering the interstiality of experience at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design in 2019 and he enjoys traveling to present hands-on workshops and clinics in the US and around the globe focusing on the overlaps between music, the body, esthetics, performance, experience, and design.
"My research focuses on the physical nature of experience and the reflections of the artful gesture in everyday interactions—that is, the ways in which our feeling bodies are necessary components of musical participation and how that understanding presents artful potential in any experience.”