United States of America
Saxophonist and pedagogue Neal Postma holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM). As a concert saxophonist Neal has performed across the United States and China giving performances in such venues as Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Newman Center for the Performing Arts and The Idyllwild Performing Arts Center. He has given recitals at universities and various regional, national and international conferences. His primary teachers are Dr. James Bunte, Tom Myer, and Dr. Alan Durst. Neal is a P. Mauriat, Rico Reeds and Jody Jazz endorsing artist performing exclusively on their products.
As an educator Neal currently holds the position of MYP Director of Western Music at the Guangdong Country Garden International School (an IB accredited institution) near Guangzhou, China. He is also sought after as a clinician having given masterclasses at various universities and arts academies across the United States.
As a soloist he has been featured most recently on a tour of performances premiering Matt Browne’s Three Doggerel Dances for Soprano Saxophone and Concert Band. He has given solo performances twice at the Idyllwild Music Festival, multiple North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conferences, The United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and with the University of Colorado Saxophone Ensemble on several performances of Jacque Ibert’s Concertino Da Camera. He has also appeared as the principal/soprano saxophonist with the Idillwild Wind Ensemble, and performed at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati, OH.
An avid proponent of new music Neal has commissioned and premiered solo and chamber works by composers Marc Mellits, Brendan Keenan, Matthew Browne, Greg Simon, and Hunter Ewen. Neal has personally led a consortium commissioning a concerto from Matt Browne and is currently leading another commissioning a work for two saxophones and piano from Grammy nominated composer Carter Pann.
Following being a soloist with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Neal was asked to do a segment on playing saxophone with an orchestra for Colorado Public Radio.
Active in the musical theater scene, Neal has performed various shows with the Colorado Light Opera and Footlighters Inc. performing on saxophone, flute and clarinet