Dr. Michael Scarbrough
Dr. Michael Scarbrough joined the ACU faculty in 1982, and currently serves as Professor of Music and Voice, directs the Opera Workshop, and teaches courses in vocal pedagogy and private voice. He served as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the A Capella Chorus at ACU from 1993-2009. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Choral Directors Assoc., and the American Choral Directors Association. Also active in the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he has served as the vice president and president of the Great Plains Chapter and also served as the West Texas District governor.
Dr. Scarbrough received his Bachelor of Music Education with Theory Option degree from McMurry University, his Master of Church Music degree from Scarritt College in Nashville Tennessee, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. His dissertation, “ Portrait of a Leading Choral Conductor: The Life and Work of Roger Wagner,” was nominated for the Council of Research in Music Education’s Award for “Best Dissertation in Music Education in 1996.” The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.) article on Roger Wagner is based on his dissertation. In 1996 he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, a graduate honors fraternity.
As a voice teacher, he has demonstrated great success with students of all levels, placing high school students in the Texas All-State choir, and university students in such prestigious graduate schools as the Cincinnati Conservatory, Florida State University, the University of Colorado, Boston Conservatory, and Arizona State University. He also works in an advisory capacity to several professional singers and serves as the Singing Specialist with the Voice Institute of West Texas, where he works with Dr. Jon Ashby (Speech and Hearing) and Dr. Austin King (Otolaryngology) in working with clients to help them with issues affecting the professional voice.
Dr. Scarbrough has conducted choirs in Tennessee, Arizona and Texas, including the Texas Private School’s All-State Choir. He has toured with choral groups throughout the U.S., and in Europe and South America. Under his direction, the ACU A Cappella Chorus performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX and the Wortham Center in Houston, TX. In 2008, he conducted members of the A Cappella Chorus in a live radio broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor for an audience of over seven million.
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