John H. Dickson
In July of 2008, John Dickson was named Dean of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Prior to this appointment he was the Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Conducting Division at Texas Tech University where he conducted the University Choir, Madrigal Singers and the Lubbock Chorale, and supervised the D.M.A., PhD., and M.M. programs in choral conducting. Most recently, his Texas Tech University Choir was one of two featured collegiate choirs at the 2008 Texas Music Educators Association annual conference in San Antonio. In addition to the TMEA concert, the Choir was also the featured choir for composer Eric Whitacre’s workshop. In January 2007, the Choir was featured in the National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpieces Music Festival – Crossing the Divide: Exploring Influence and Finding Our Voice, Austin, Texas. Additional recent invitational performances include the 2005 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national convention in Los Angeles, preceded by invitational performances for the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio and the ACDA Southwest Regional convention in Little Rock in the spring of 2004. In 2002, the Choir represented the U.S. as the only American choir selected to perform for the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) national convention in York, England.
Dr. Dickson has served as conductor and guest clinician for numerous state, regional, and national ACDA conventions, All-State choruses, and choral festivals around the world. Internationally known as a conducting pedagogue, he has presented master-classes before the ABCD, the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow and workshops throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, France, and Canada. He was the founder and Artistic Director for the Cambridge University, St. John’s College /Texas Tech University Summer Choral Institute. Dr. Dickson is also the Founding Director of the C. S. Lewis Foundation’s Oxbridge Choral Institute, a professional chorus serving the triennial symposium in Oxford and Cambridge.
Recently appointed to the Editorial Board of The Choral Journal, he serves as editor of the monthly column for sacred music, “Hallelujah.” The Choral Journal and The Mastersinger have published his articles on a holistic approach to conducting.
Appointed as a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Dr. Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir in London. A second post-doctoral fellowship allowed him to serve as principal rehearsal conductor for The Bach Choir in Musical Director David Hill’s absence. He is the current Vice-President for the Texas Choral Directors Association college division. A strong advocate for church music and a church musician for over thirty years, he recently resigned his post as director of music for St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church in Lubbock prior to his new appointment at Mercer University.
Dr. Dickson holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, the M.M. degree in music history and literature from Baylor University, and has done post-doctoral study at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.