Mr. Neville, Director

M.M. MusEd.–Boston University
B.S. MusEd.–Duquesne University (Magna Cum Laude)

Cory Neville is a native of the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree at Duquesne University with a concentration in classical piano, and his Master of Music in Music Education degree from Boston University, with additional graduate work completed at The Ohio State University.

As a pianist, Mr. Neville has played recitals and competitions in Washington D.C. with members of the United States Army Field Band, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Wheeling, WV and has extensive experience as a piano accompanist.  Mr. Neville was the first music education major to be awarded the J. Cornetti Tucci Award for Piano Performance and in 2003, was selected as the piano soloist to represent the Mary Pappert School of Music as a performer at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) annual convention.  Formerly a competitive soloist, Mr. Neville was a first prize winner in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Piano Competition, placed third in the Wednesday Club for the Performing Arts Piano Competition in Harrisburg, PA, and was a four-time winner of the Mary Pappert School of Music Piano Competition.

As a conductor, Mr. Neville was honored to have been a guest conductor for the 2012 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 9 Band Fest, and was the orchestra director for Avonworth High School’s production of Lerner and Lowe’s “Camelot” in 2007.  He, along with fellow area music teachers, is a co-conductor of the annual Western Allegheny County Area Honors Band Festival, and the Strings North Area Honors Orchestra Festival.

Mr. Neville started his teaching career in Johnstown, PA where he taught chorus, general music and music appreciation classes in the Forest Hills School District.  While at Forest Hills, Mr. Neville rewrote the chorus, general music and music appreciation curriculum for grades 7-12 and oversaw the creation of African Drumming and guitar classes.  He maintains active memberships in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME).

Mr. Neville was hired at Quaker Valley in June 2010 and teaches band, orchestra and music theory at the High School.  He was appointed Music K-12 Leader for the Quaker Valley School District in 2014, and along with his fellow AP teachers at the High School, is a recipient of the Quaker Valley School District Award for Excellence 2012-13 for his work in AP Music Theory.   Mr. Neville lives in Moon with his wife Amanda, who is a violinist and the Middle School Orchestra Director in the Moon Area School District.  They are proud parents to a daughter, Leila and son, James.