Sally Neel, Music Director for Curtains Up Pagosa, came to Pagosa Springs with her family from Dallas in 2008. Professionally trained in piano, organ, and voice, she serves as the organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, teaches private piano and voice in her home, and works part time with the music and drama departments at Pagosa Springs High School as a contract vocal coach and accompanist. She is pianist for the local classical instrumental ensemble, NightSong Trio, lauded as the best of Pagosa. As a CUP board member, Sally was instrumental in establishing the Pagosa Springs Community Band, initially sponsored by Curtains Up Pagosa. Sally is also a frequent contributor to the local newspaper, The Pagosa Springs Sun. She has one son, Robert, who is a CUP scholarship recipient and a senior at Santa Fe University of Art and Design majoring in musical theater. Her husband, Doug, is rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and serves as president of CUP.
Artistic Director, Secretary, Treasurer On-Site
DALE BEGAN HER FIRST STAGE APPEARANCE AT THE AGE OF 5 IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS; SHE CONTINUED PERFORMING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND ON INTO COMMUNITY, REGIONAL, REPERTORY AND DINNER THEATERS. ALTHOUGH PRIMARILY A PERFORMER, SHE DABBLED IN DIRECTING AT A YOUNG AGE, RETURNING TO DIRECT ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. DALE’S FIRST DANCE TEACHER WAS HER DAD, ONE OF THE FIRST ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE INSTRUCTORS IN THE BOSTON AREA. DALE HAS DIRECTED, CHOREOGRAPHED AND PRODUCED MORE THAN 50 SHOWS IN PAGOSA SINCE 2001 WHEN SHE MOVED HERE. SHE HAS BEEN ON THE CUP BOARD SINCE THAT TIME, HOLDING MANY ROLES, CURRENTLY THOSE OF SECRETARY, HOME TREASURER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER, DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER. SHE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH AND BE PART OF THEIR LIVES.