Summer Institutes - Choral

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Week 1: June 10-14

Kristina Caswell MacMullen serves as the Mary Gibbs Jones Chair of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University. She conducts the Baylor A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and leads the graduate program in choral conducting. Prior to her appointment at BU, MacMullen served on the faculties of the University of North Texas and The Ohio State University. Her interdisciplinary work earned her the Sir William Osler Award at OSU and the President’s Special Recognition Award at UNT. MacMullen has also been recognized by TCDA for her innovation in programming.

MacMullen has conducted All-State and honors choirs throughout the United States. She has presented and co-presented interest sessions at state, regional, national and international conferences. Her teaching and conducting is featured on the recording Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success published by GIA (2009).

Earning both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University, MacMullen completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Tech University. She has enjoyed a diverse career as a public-school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school. She also sings with the professional ensemble Mirabai.

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Week 2: June 17-21

John Dickson is Professor Emeritus and former Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State
University’s School of Music. Holding the School of Music’s first Chair as the Edward G. and
Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education, he conducted the A Cappella Choir and
supervised the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. Recently retired after
forty-four years of collegiate teaching, he continues his conducting through workshops and
festivals, and as the founding artistic director and conductor of Coro Vocati, one of Atlanta’s
most accomplished professional chamber choirs. He also serves as one of the principal guest
artists for KI Concerts.

As a conducting pedagogue, he has presented masterclasses before the Association of British
Choral Directors, the American Choral Directors Association, the Royal Northern Music
Conservatory (Manchester), and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and
Moscow. He has conducted festivals and workshops all over the world and his choirs have been
featured at conventions of the ACDA, ABCD, Texas Music Educators Association, and the
National Collegiate Choral Organization.

He holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from The University of Texas, at Austin, the
M.M. degree in musicology from Baylor University, and has done post-doctoral study at
Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.