Department of Music
Mark Simmons is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he conducts the campus-wide University Singers as well as the auditioned 40- voice touring choir, the New Pacer Singers. In addition, he teaches advanced choral conducting and secondary choral methods for music education majors.In 2007 he received the Junior Faculty of the Year Award by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts in recognition of his teaching. Prior to his position at UTM, he served as Head of Vocal Music Education at the University of Evansville, Director of Choral Activities at Briar Cliff University, and Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College.
Focused on program development, Simmons has had two articles recently published in the Choral Journal on the subject. Since coming to UTM in 2004, the vocal area within the Department of Music has enjoyed an 8-fold increase in vocal majors and significant growth in the ensembles resulting in annual concert tours that have taken the choirs to 14 states with performance venues such as the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA and Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. Further, Simmons has delivered presentations at regional and state conferences on topics as varied as "using repertoire as a musical textbook" and "rebuilding a choral program from scratch". He has also guest conducted a variety of festivals, most recently the Mid-State Mixed Choir in Tennessee and the 2010 West Virginia All-State Chamber Choir.