Dr. Kathleen Shannon has served the Choral Art as a conductor and pedagogue for more than 30 years. Extensive training and experience in Choral Music Education, Conducting, and Choral Pedagogy have allowed her to enjoy several dynamic faculty appointments. From 1996-2011, she served as Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University, where she conducted two traditional choirs and two vocal jazz ensembles.
During her tenure at WVU, the choirs were invited to perform at prestigious national and international venues. Her appointment included teaching conducting, choral methods, and choral literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Shannon initiated and supervised the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting and served as Research Advisor for more than a dozen DMA graduates.
Prior to her tenure at West Virginia University, she was appointed to the music faculties of the University of Mississippi and the University of Miami. She conducted a variety of ensembles and taught choral methods and conducting.
Dr. Shannon earned degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting at the University of Miami. Her teacher/mentors included Dr. Lee Kjelson, Prof. Larry Lapin, Dr. Don Oglesby, and Prof. Carolyn Stanford. She has taught Music at all levels in Georgia and Florida and has served on the West Virginia, Florida and Mississippi state boards of the American Choral Directors Association.
Currently, Dr. Shannon works as a Choral Music consultant and clinician in the areas of traditional choral pedagogy and vocal jazz pedagogy. She is a frequent guest conductor and adjudicator and also offers workshops, seminars, and private instruction on a variety of choral topics. She also serves as Chorus Master for the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In addition, she teaches several online music courses for West Virginia University School of Music.