Conductor Scott MacPherson is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. In addition to conducting the Kent State Chorale and Kent Chorus, Dr. MacPherson leads the graduate choral conducting program. MacPherson has consistently earned praise for the high standards of performance of choirs under his direction. His programming blends a variety of musical styles ranging from early music through new works commissioned especially for him and his ensembles. MacPherson is in demand as a guest conductor, choral clinician, and adjudicator, and has extensive orchestral conducting experience. His research of contemporary choral music and choral teaching techniques in Germany have resulted in guest conducting appearances with the award-winning Modus Novus Chor based in Cologne, the Vokalensemble Kölner Dom of the Cologne Cathedral, as well as the male vocal ensemble Arcanum Musicae in Dresden. His international reputation has also drawn acclaim in Taiwan, where he conducted collegiate choirs and led workshops in conducting, choral eurhythmics, and choral pedagogy at conferences in Pingtung City and Taipei.
From 1993-2008, MacPherson served as the Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he led his choirs on tours of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. His Trinity Choir had the distinction of performing at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2003 and the inaugural convention of the National Collegiate Choral Association in 2006. Before moving to San Antonio he served on the choral faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music where he was a colleague of the late Robert Fountain. In addition to conducting the UW-Madison Chamber Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Early Music Ensemble, MacPherson taught graduate choral literature seminars and advanced choral conducting.
In addition to his collegiate work, MacPherson is the founding Artistic Director of two choral groups of distinction—the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble and the San Antonio Chamber Choir. IVE, formed 12 years ago, is a professional-grade community choir of 65 singers that performs each summer in Madison, WI. The Choir performed at the North Central American Choral Directors Association Conference in February 2012. IVE released its first commercial CD recording, The Choral Music of Andrew Rindfleisch, on the Clarion label in 2006. An Isthmus Christmas, a live CD recording, was released in 2011. In September 2005 the 24-voice professional San Antonio Chamber Choir made its debut under MacPherson’s leadership. Now in its ninth season, SACC performances have consistently received critical acclaim. The Choir recently performed at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas, Texas. Their live CD recording, Spanish & Mexican Cathedral Music, was released in 2010. In October 2012 SACC recorded a CD of composer Andrew Rindfleisch’s most recent choral works for release early next year. MacPherson was nominated and chosen as a finalist for the Best and Brightest award sponsored by the University Roundtable Organization in San Antonio. He was nominated based on his “outstanding leadership and achievement as Artistic (and Founding) Director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir.
Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting, University of Southern California
Master of Music in choral conducting, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Music in orchestral conducting, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison