Conducting and Ensembles

June 5, 2023

College of Music Welcomes New Faculty

Marques L.A. Garrett joins us as Associate Professor of Choral Activities in the Division of Ensembles and Conducting. He earned a PhD in Music Education in Choral Conducting at Florida State University, the MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA from Hampton University. As a highly sought-after composer, his largest work to date, "Dreamland: Tulsa 1921" was a collaboration with librettist Sandra Seaton commissioned by Dallas, Texas based Turtle Creek Chorale telling the story of the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His research areas include vocal music of Black composers, non-idiomatic choral music of Black composers, the choral music of R. Nathaniel Dett, Negro spirituals and choral conducting/rehearsal techniques. He is the editor/compiler of "The Oxford Handbook of Choral Music by Black Composers" published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Garrett comes to Denton from the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

June 5, 2023

Alumna to Become DCA

Lindsay Pope (DMA ‘19) won the position of Assistant Professor of Choral Activities at the University of Massachusetts. She won the American Choral Directors Association Julius Herford Dissertation Prize and has been serving UMASS as interim DCA.