About Choral Activities
Southern Miss Choral Activities has become a regional leader in choral music excellence. From the placement of outstanding teachers, to exceptional performances locally, nationally and beyond, Southern Miss Choral Activities is making a difference and adding to the quality of life in many communities. For undergraduates, we offer degrees in music education, vocal performance, music history, a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in voice, and Bachelor of Science in entertainment industry. Choral Service Awards are available for majors and non-majors for singing in major choral ensembles. Our mission includes orchestral opportunities and collaborative efforts, such as a recent church music conference featuring Mack Wilberg. The Southern Invitational Choral Conference now hosts more than 600 participants each year. The Southern Experience summer showchoir camp is growing in reputation as one of the most popular educational camps in the nation.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
• Bachelor of Arts in Music
• Bachelor of Music - Performance
•Bachelor of Music Education (Choral Licensure)
•Minor in Music
Southern Miss offers the Master of Music (MM) and the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees in choral conducting. Job placement in full-time academic and sacred settings is over 95%. Over the last decade, 20 graduates have been placed in collegiate teaching positions. In those same 10 years, students have come to Southern Miss for graduate study in choral conducting from more than 30 different institutions in higher education.
Assistantships, partial assistantships, out-of-state waivers, and service awards/scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students that are accepted to the program. In addition, students pursuing the MMEd and PhD with a choral emphasis, the MM and DMA in piano or voice, and MM theory students are also considered for those awards, if active in the choral program. Podium time is deemed important for all MM and DMA students and is achieved with multiple ensembles. The Chamber Singers is a fully dedicated ensemble for graduate conductors.
Customized travel seminars are a regular part of the agenda for graduate choral conductors at Southern Miss. Recent interaction includes the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) in Tallinn, faculty members at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Choir School at Madeleine Cathedral in Salt Lake City, the Latvian Radio Choir in Riga, and the Saint Petersburg Chamber Choir (Russia). In addition, the conducting studio attended Laulupidu (Five-year Estonian Song Celebration) in 2014, also in Tallinn. Workshops have focused on conductors, composers, choral singers, repertoire, research, culture and organizational administration. Multiple face-to-face meetings have occurred with Arvo Pärt, Tõnu Kõrvits, Daniel Reuss, members of the EPCC, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kaljuste, Länsiö Tapani, Matti Höykki, Kaspars Putninš, Galina Grigorjeva, Veljo Tormis, Aarne Saluveer, Mack Wilberg, Gregory Glenn, members of the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir and Nicolai Kornev.
GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
• Master of Music - Performance, Conducting
• Master of Music Education - Traditional Track, Track II - Licensure, Online
• Doctor of Musical Arts - Conducting
• Doctor of Musical Arts - Performance and Pedagogy
• Doctor of Philosophy - Music Education
CHORAL ACTIVITIES FACULTY
Gregory Fuller, Ph.D.
Director of Choral Activities
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Jonathank Kilgore, D.M.A.
Associate Director of Choral Activities
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Webb Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
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