Location: Oklahoma, USA
Dr. Scott W. Dorsey is currently the Director of Education & Communication for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Oklahoma City. A tenured full professor of choral music prior to joining the ACDA National Staff, Scott has led choral programs at Montana State University-Billings, Mount Union College, the University of Northern Iowa, Vennard College, and William Penn College. Choral ensembles under his direction have been honored with invitations to appear before the American Theatre Festival, the Congress of the United States, the College Music Society and before the global conference of the United Methodist Church in Cleveland’s famed Severance Hall.
Though relatively new to the ACDA national staff, Scott has shared his energy with the association in various volunteer service and leadership roles continually since 1985. He is in his 24th year as the bibliographer of the Choral Journal, a responsibility that grew out of his work as the author of The Choral Journal: And Index to Volumes 19-32 (Volume No.7 in the ACDA Monograph Series). His on-going bibliographic efforts have led to the recent the release of the comprehensive searchable online resource, The Choral Journal: An Index to Volumes 19-53. He served on ACDA’s Youth and Student Activities Committee for thirteen years, with almost half of those years spent as the committee’s National Chair. Scott was the Treasurer for the Central Division for two years and has served as Program Chair for four ACDA Central Division Conferences, most recently the 2012 event.
An active writer, Scott writes daily on the website ChoralNet. He has published articles in the Choral Journal, the International Choral Bulletin, the Music Educator’s Journal, the Montana Professor, as well as various newspapers, newsletters, and magazines. In addition to the aforementioned monograph, he served thirteen years as editor of the ACDA Student Times, and was a contributing author to Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor published by E.C. Schirmer.
Beyond his daily work at ACDA and his various choral appearances, Scott is also a professional aviator. A commercially-rated multi-engine pilot and flight instructor, he is currently flying for Twin Lakes Aviation at Sundance Airport (HSD) in Oklahoma City. Melding scholarship with his fondness for things with wings, Scott has published articles in Private Pilot and Plane & Pilot magazines.
Scott holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, the Master of Arts degree in Choral Conducting from California State University-Stanislaus, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice from Nebraska Wesleyan University.