Faculty & Staff

Dr. James Morrow

Director of Choral Studies
Conductor, Chamber Singers; Head of Graduate Choral Conducting Program

professor james morrowDr. James Morrow is Director of Choral Activities at The University of Texas at Austin where he conducts the Chamber Singers and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the popular Bach Cantata Project and is also Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble VIII, a professional early music ensemble devoted to historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works.

Under Dr. Morrow’s direction, the UT Chamber Singers have recorded two compact disks of American choral music on the Naxos label, and on the Koch International Classics label they recorded Sweet Music of Christmas , as well as Great Hymns of Faith with organist Gerre Hancock. He led the Chamber Singers in a modern-day premiere and recording of Brazilian composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia’s Missa de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao of 1810, and their latest disc of American folksongs is in post-production.

Dr. Morrow and the Chamber Singers recently performed Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with period instruments in celebration of the works 400th anniversary, as well as the complete Tenebrae Responsories of Tomás Luis de Victoria. Dr. Morrow’s choirs have toured internationally, singing for audiences in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The UT Chamber Singers’ most recent international concert tour was to Brazil where they performed with the University of São Paolo Chamber Orchestra in historic venues in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, and they toured the Northeastern U.S. in spring 2011, performing in major venues in Boston, New Haven, New York City, and Washington DC.

Dr. Morrow performed as a choral singer with Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and in the United States, participating in several recordings for TELARC, as well as performing in concert as baritone soloist under Mr. Shaw’s direction. He is a featured soloist on a TELARC compact disc with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus. A student of the late Gérard Souzay, he has also performed as a baritone soloist with orchestras in a variety of repertoire, including Stravinsky’s Pulcinella , Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs , Arvo Pärt’s Passio , and the passions of J. S. Bach. He was twice selected as an Artist/Fellow at the Bach Aria Festival and Institute in Stony Brook, New York. Prior to his appointment at UT, he served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Florida and at Hope College in Michigan.

Contact Dr. Morrow at morrowj@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Suzanne Pence

Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning/Choral Conducting
Conductor, Concert Chorale

professor suzanne penceDr. Suzanne Pence joined the UT faculty in 1996. Along with her teaching assignment in choral music she serves as Director of Admissions for the Butler School of Music. Dr. Pence conducts the Concert Chorale, teaches undergraduate conducting, secondary choral methods, and supervises graduate students in Music and Human Learning with a choral emphasis. Dr. Pence previously held the position of Director of Choral Activities at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received the DMA in Choral Conducting from The University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993 where she studied with Drs. Eph Ehly and Charles Robinson. She holds a Masters of Music Education degree from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Dr. Pence was the Choral Director at Neosho High School in Neosho, Missouri from 1983-1989. She is active in ACDA, has chaired the Southern Division Youth and Student Activities Committee, and the SW Missouri High School Division in 1987-1989. She is also a member of MENC, NATS, and Pi Kappa Lamda. Dr. Pence is the Music Minister at Highland Park Baptist Church. She is active as an adjudicator, and clinician/festival conductor in the midwest and the southeast.

Contact Dr. Pence at pence@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. B. Glenn Chandler

Choral Literature and Graduate Mentor

Glenn Chandler

B. Glenn Chandler is Professor of Music Theory and Fellow to the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Fine Arts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from Samford University, a master’s in sacred music from the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, and a PhD in music theory from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He held a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Music at Yale University and was appointed a Visiting Scholar in the School of Music at Cambridge University.

In 1972 he was appointed to the faculty of Central Connecticut State University and served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1981 to 1993. From 1994 to 2001 he was Professor of Music and Director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at The University of Memphis. In 2001 he was named Director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also held the Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music from 2001 to 2012. Under his leadership the Butler School has expanded its curriculum, created new centers of excellence, established an extensive international exchange programs, raised the school’s profile both nationally and internationally, and developed the largest endowment of any public university school of music in America.

Chandler is a Jean-Philippe Rameau scholar having translated his second treatise,Nouveau système de musique théorique and published in numerous journals. Throughout his career he has presented at regional, national and international conferences, such as the Society for Music Theory, NASM Annual Conference, and the Association of European Conservatories. Last May he was invited to deliver a paper on Rameau at a conference in Athens, Greece and recently was selected to give a paper at a conference in Istanbul in May 2016.

He has conducted choral groups throughout his career, including regional and all-state festival in different states. He has served as adjudicator, guest conductor, consultant and guest speaker for various organizations and events throughout his career.  He was elected President of Connecticut Music Educators Association and was appointed to the Executive Committee of the national Music Educators National Conference. In Tennessee he served as President of the Tennessee Association of Music Administrator and In Texas he served on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Music Schools where he chaired the General Music Commission. He is an accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music, having chaired the accreditation evaluation committee for dozens of music schools across the country. He was twice elected to the Commission of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Contact Dr. Chandler at bgchandler@austin.utexas.edu

Iain Sturrock

DMA in Choral Conducting,                                                                Graduate Conductor of University Treble Chorus

Iain Sturrock has been performing and composing music since childhood. He has been grateful to pursue these passions across the United States as a guest clinician and conductor, commissioned composer, and vocalist, as well as throughout South American and Europe as conductor and performer. Iain’s conducting background is colorful and diverse, having led children’s choirs, professional chamber groups, collegiate choirs, full orchestras, and everything in between. Iain has been privileged to receive several awards and honors both for his compositions and performances, and has had the honor of working with renowned conductors in masterclass and workshop settings. Iain holds degrees in voice performance and choral conducting from Temple University, Philadelphia, where he conducted several choirs, taught conducting, and performed regularly with many of Philadelphia’s prestigious ensembles. Iain hopes to continue to use the power of music as an agent for social change.

Contact Iain at iain.sturrock@gmail.com

Nathan Nagir

DMA in Choral Conducting,                                                                Graduate Conductor of University Tenor/Bass Chorus

Nathan Nagir is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting under the instruction of Dr. James Morrow at the University of Texas at Austin. Nathan graduated with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Texas State University where he studied with Drs. Jonathan Babcock, Joey M. Martin and Craig Hella Johnson. He also holds a Certificate of Music and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies.

Nathan comes from the twin isles Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. There, he is in demand as a conductor, accompanist, vocalist and educator. Having worked with several children’s, youth and adult ensembles, he has led many of them to success in competitions throughout the nation. He has worked with many primary and secondary schools, accompanied and directed the St. Augustine Girls’ High School choir and formed the student-staff/faculty choir at Hillview College. He served as the National Music Director and Conductor in 2012 for the National Convention of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago. As a solo artist, Nathan has won several prizes and competitions for best vocal and choral performance. His personal choir – Harmonies Aloud – was selected to perform for various state functions and several times at the Diplomatic Centre and Office of the Prime Minister.

While at the Butler School of Music, Nathan serves as the conductor for the University Tenor/Bass Chorus. He also performs with UT Chamber Singers and the Bach Cantata Project.

Contact Nathan at nathannagir@utexas.edu

Christopher Truong

MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Literature,                                                Graduate Administrative Assistant to Texas Choirs

Chris has been a member of Texas Choirs since his start at UT in the Fall of 2014. Since then, he has completed degrees in Biology from the College of Natural Sciences and Music from the Butler School of Music. Continuing his education here at UT, he is a proud advocate and ambassador for Texas Choirs. As administrative assistant, Chris handles many of the logistical aspects of Texas Choirs, including directing student-led initiatives and high school outreach. Chris is currently the staff voice teacher for East View High School in Georgetown ISD, where he works with a studio of 30 high school students in one-on-one lessons. His teaching philosophy is centered on research-based, scientifically-sound vocal production that encourages years-old technique with more modern, clear explanations that students can more easily grapple with.


Contact Chris at c.truong@utexas.edu