- Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities & Voice
- Email Address
- (620) 229-6302
Dr. Brian J. Winnie is the Director of Choral Activities & Voice and teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and diction, and choral methods. He also conducts the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and is head of the voice department. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Dr. Winnie has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to their interdisciplinary arts program. He was also the Artistic Director of the community-based choirs ChoralSounds and VocalSounds Northwest located in Burien, WA. Previous to his career in higher education, Dr. Winnie taught for seven years in public schools at both the middle and high school levels having served as Director of Choirs in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania where his choirs consistently achieved the highest ratings at festivals and competitions. His 2007 Lower Macungie Middle School Cadence Choir was selected to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association convention, and in 2008 he was the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2010 he was named “Teacher of the Year and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington in 2013.
Dr. Winnie is an active member the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference. He has served as Secretary for the Central New Jersey Music Education Association, and is a former Middle School/Jr. High Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA-PA.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Winnie received his B.S. in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University, Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Geoffrey Boers & Giselle Wyers. Additionally, he received his Certificate of Figure Proficiency in Estill Voice Training in 2014. His main research interest involves the study of contemporary vocal technique in the choral rehearsal, which explores a more holistic array of vocal qualities singers can healthfully produce within the choral setting.