- Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities & Voice, Co-Chair of the Music Department
- Email Address
- (620) 229-6302
B.S. in Music Education, Pennsylvania State University
M.M. in Music Education, Illinois Urbana-Champaign
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, University of Washington
Certificate of Figure Proficiency, Estill Voice Training
Dr. Brian J. Winnie is the Director of Choral Activities & Voice at Southwestern College in where he conducts the choirs and musical theatre ensembles, teaches private studio voice, and courses in undergraduate choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and diction, and general music/choral methods. He is also the Artistic Director and Founder of the Southwestern College Choral Union. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Dr. Winnie has been aritist-in-residence in Ekaterinburg, Russia and worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska. Also an active conference presenter, he has presented at both State NAfME and State and Regional ACDA Conferences on "Revitalizing the Vocaal Warm-up in the Choral Setting", and co-presented "Conduct with me: The Gestural Language of Mirroring and Empathy."
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped 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, and were selected to perform at the PMEA state convention. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington.
Dr. Winnie is an active member the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. 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.