Jonathan C. Kilgore

Associate Director of Choral Activities | Assistant Professor of Music

Currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Jonathan C. Kilgore conducts Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Spirit of Southern, the Southern BelleTones, and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale.  Additionally, he teaches courses in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature.  Dr. Kilgore comes to Southern Miss after eight years as Director of Choral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair at the Jackson County Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Prior to his appointment at MGCCC, Dr. Kilgore served as Director of Choral Activities at Jackson Academy in Jackson, MS.  For nine years, he served in the Music & Worship Ministry of First Baptist Church with Larry Black.  Since leaving Jackson, Dr. Kilgore has taken interim and supply positions at churches in both Mississippi and Alabama.

Dr. Kilgore has conducted a variety of ensembles, including show choirs, concert choirs, and vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella ensembles.  He has planned and led concert tours to Brazil, Canada, Hawaii, California, and Texas, as well as many trips in the Southeast region.  In addition, choirs under his leadership have performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, and throughout Italy.

Active as an adjudicator and clinician in the southeast, Dr. Kilgore has served as President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, responsible for planning and executing six annual events to further choral music and choral music education in the state.   Additionally, the position served as the Mississippi representative at all regional and national conferences. Currently, he is serving as the ACDA/MMEA State Conference Site Co-Chair.

In addition to his duties with the American Choral Directors Association, Dr. Kilgore maintains membership in the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi and the Bachelor of Science in Music from Millsaps College.