Dr. Jeffrey Pappas holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northern Kentucky University, a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.
Prior to his appointment as the Department Chair at Marshall University, he was the Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Ensembles and Conducting at Ball State University where he conducted the Chamber Choir, taught upper level undergraduate conducting, masters and doctoral level choral literature and conducting, and administrated the choral area. He has also served as the Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi State University and at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa and on the music faculty at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.
Dr. Pappas has been invited on three occasions to present at the International Vocal Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland (2001, 2003, 2005), and is currently writing a book that deals with practical and pedagogical issues in choral music as found through interviews with prominent American choral conductors.
He has also been active in the American Choral Directors Association, serving as Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for 4-Year Colleges and Universities in Iowa and Mississippi, Membership Chair and President-Elect in Mississippi, the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music and Worship for the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the Membership Chair for the Central Division.
As a tenor soloist, his concert and/or opera performances have included Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Massenet’s Herodiade, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
Dr. Pappas is joined in Huntington by his wife, Joni, daughter, Amara and son, Case.