John Flanery is the new Director of Choral Studies at New Mexico State University. His Doctor of Musical Arts and Master’s degrees are both in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
Prior to accepting the position at NMSU, John taught choral conducting, choral procedures, and choral literature, directed the Concert Choir, Spirit of Southern, Men’s Chorus, and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale at the University of Southern Mississippi. His ensembles have been selected to perform at various state and regional conferences and concert series.
John has served ACDA in various positions, most recently serving as the Mississippi Chapter past-president. He was also the church choir director at St. Fabian’s Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
He founded the Festival of Choirs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which comprises the Civic Chorale and area high schools in a non-competitive concert. The Southern Experience Show Choir and Choral Camp was founded under Flanery’s guidance with 900 junior high and high school students and teachers attending in its first six years.
As a high school music educator in the state of Iowa for nine years, John conducted concert choirs, madrigal dinners, show choirs, jazz choirs, and many other ensembles. John is a regular clinician and judge throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States. John and his wife, Juliane, have five children – Elias, Cecelia, Josephine, Lucinda, and William.