Diane Phoenix-Neal combines vitality of spirit with innovative exploration

of sound. She specializes in performing new and rare music,  and mesmerizes with depth of tone, character and expression in her performances on the viola.




Diane collaborates with composers and performers providing rich performance experiences to audiences as a top recitalist/lecturer in her field. She commissions and champions works for  viola solo and for viola in concert with other instruments.


 "Phoenix-Neal's viola was

            rich and sumptuous"


                    -Classical Voice of North Carolina



Modern Music  News  


June 2018- Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Gwyneth Walker

March 2018   -  Music by Women Conference, Mississippi University for Women

October 2017-  Contemporary Music Festival, James Madison University

performances of music by Kelly Marie Murphy and Richard A. Clark


February 2017- Contemporary Music Festival, James Madison University

​featuring the music of Augusta Read Thomas



October 2016-Decolonizing Music Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico


June 2016- When the Sprit Sings CD Release with Musica Harmonia

Music by Gwyneth Walker


March 2016- Recital Tour, Grinnell College, Drake University-

Music by Keebaugh, Kornowicz, Lutoslawski



March 22 -Faculty Artist Recital-Augustana College-

Deborah Dakin, viola with Diane performing Kenji Bunch. 4 p.m.


January 30-Drake Trio Project- Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

music by Gideon Klein, Georges Migot, Jerzy Kornowicz, Tania Leon 7:30 p.m.


January 28 - Drake Trio Project -

midweek music - St John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines, 12 noon.


January 28 - Drake Trio Project-Central College Chapel, Pella, Iowa, 

with Sarah Plum, violin and Ashley Sidon, cello. Music from Gideon Klein, Jerzy Kornowicz, Tania Leon, Christian Wolff and others. 7:30 p.m. 



November 17-Faculty Artist Recital-Central College Cox-Snow Trio. 

Music for clarinet, viola and piano from Edward Knight, Paquito D'Rivera.

Central College Chapel, 7:30 p.m.  


November 1- St. Mark Lutheran Fine Arts-

music from Edward Knight -Beneath a Cinnamon Moon for clarinet, viola and piano -Central College Cox-Snow Trio, Des Moines, 7 p.m.


October 18-19 Residency, Augustana College

"The art of collaboration," Prayer - Tania Leon


October 7-8  New Frontiers Artist in Residence, University of Wyoming,

with Musica Harmonia -the music of Anne M. Guzzo






Bringing the gift of music from creation to connection...



Diane Phoenix-Neal