Rada Jandrich

(Jandrić) Neal (Rheinbeck, Germania, 8th December, 1950) pianist, teacher and composer, was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, the daughter of two Serbian refugees. Her family moved to Indiana where she studied the violin and piano when her neighbours moved, leaving their upright piano as a gift to Rada's family. Her mother spoke seven languages, left Serbia at the age of seventeen and never saw her family again. In Indiana her mother owned a small store while her father worked in a steel mill and it was thanks to their sacrifices that Rada studied and gained a B.A. in music at Indiana University, in 1973. She subsequently taught music for three years in Merrillville, Indiana, was accompanist for the US Steel Choir, Gary Indiana, pianist for the Guadalajara National Philharmonic, and performer in many hotels and clubs in California. She writes melodic and romantic compositions promoted through a number of Cds with instrumental works and with others featuring electronic keyboard embellishments (strings and new-age-like textures). Her works include the following, written between 2005 and 2010: Snowfall, We're free, Rock-a-bye-reese, Years'end, Song of the hummingbird, Spirit of the wind, Morning dance, Enchanted castle, Mia bella, A brave journey.