Director of Choral Activities
Brian J. Winnie, D.M.A., is the Director of Choral Activities at Western Illinois University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting & choral literature courses, as well as directs the University Singers. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Brian has been artist-in-residence in Ekaterinburg, Russia and has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States. He has presented topics on 21st century choral/vocal pedagogy and bridging the gap between classical and contemporary vocal technique at State NAfME, State & Regional ACDA, and International Conferences. Brian has published articles in the Choral Journal, Voice and Speech Review, ChorTeach Journal, and is editor and contributing author to The Voice Teacher's Cookbook and The Choral Conductor's Companion published by Meredith Music Publications. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Voice and Speech Review. Prior to his tenure at Western Illinois University, Brian served on the faculty at Southwestern College (KS) and taught for seven years at both middle and high school levels. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Brian’s research interests involve utilizing Estill Voice Training in choral pedagogy and conducting gesture.