John Neely, Music Director
John Neely is a renowned musician of 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.
For 32 years John Neely has been Associate Pastor for Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. A superb organist and choral director, he leads an active music program for all ages at Westminster Church, with five choirs and three hand bell ensembles. Westminster offers musical programs that nourish the entire Dayton region.
Mr. Neely holds degrees from Duquesne University, Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Prior to coming to Dayton he taught at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and at Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He has held leadership roles in the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Mr. Neely is active in the tri-state area as an organ recitalist and choral clinician.