J. Kevin Ford (B.S. Choral and Instrumental Music Education – University of Tennessee Chattanooga, M.M.E. and Ph.D. Choral Conducting and Music Education – Florida State University) is the U.C. Foundation Professor and Director of Choral Activities at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he conducts the Chamber Singers, Chattanooga Singers and Master Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral literature. University choruses under his direction have performed at a national NAfME conferences, state conferences of the Tennessee Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association and have regularly toured domestically and internationally. With the Chamber Singers, he recorded the complete choral works of Roland M. Carter that is available commercially. Music from volume one has been featured nationally on "With Heart and Voice," a nationally syndicated radio program. The second and final volume was completed spring of 2016 and will be available soon.
While at FSU he studied conducting with Rodney Eichenberger serving as his assistant conductor for two years. He also studied conducting with Dr. André Thomas and wind band conducting with Dr. James Croft and continued his conducting training through workshops with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Dale Warland, Frederic Fennel, and Arnold Gabriel.
Dr. Ford taught High School Chorus, Band and Middle School Band in Rossville, Georgia where his performance groups consistently made superior ratings at festivals. He served as teacher of conducting and choral music education at the Crane School of Music at The State University of New York College at Potsdam where he founded the Potsdam Community Chorus and formed and directed the chorus for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, NY. Prior to his appointment at UTC, he served on the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal Music Education. AT UTC, he teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and is coordinator of the Graduate Program in Music. He presented sessions along with his wife Allyson, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona Spain in July 2017 on using Feldenkrais to improve conducting gesture and conductor health.
His professional memberships include the American Choral Directors Association in which is a past President of the Tennessee state chapter, the National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, East Tennessee Vocal Association, College Music Society, National Collegiate Choral Organization and the International Federation for Choral Music. He has published choral arrangements and editions with Colla Voce and Moon of Hope publishing companies and has authored articles in the ACDA Choral Journal and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. He has served as guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the eastern U.S. and internationally in Montreal, Canada and Vienna, Austria where he guest conducted the choir from the University of Vienna. An enthusiastic supporter of current composers, he has conducted world premiers of works by Americans Dave Brubeck, Harry Bulow, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Ethan McGrath, and the U. S. premier of the Requiem by the Swedish composer Steve Dobrogosz with the combined choral forces of UTC and the UTC Symphony Orchestra.