MIDLAND UNIVERSITY VOCAL Music
MIDLAND UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Students in this large ensemble choir will be exposed to a large assortment of choral literature and perform two or three each semester.
This select ensemble performs contemporary a cappella music at a variety of community events and concerts.
Students in this large a cappella ensemble learn and perform the techniques of a cappella music.
Acoustic Tour is unlike any other performance ensemble out there. In one week, our students create a completely original rock/pop variety show from scratch. Students then sing, plan, form, produce, dance, create, play, and book a tour across the state to high schools in the Nebraska/Iowa area.
JOel Johnston, Interim DIRECTOR OF VOCAL MUSIC
JOEL JOHNSTON, INTERIM DIRECTOR OF VOCAL MUSIC
M.M., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.M.E., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Joel Johnston is enjoying his 33rd year as a music educator. After 21 years as a high school choral and show choir director, Joel now works as a free-lance vocal clinician, conductor, choreographer, and adjudicator. He has conducted more than 40 choral festivals throughout the Midwest, and is a frequent show choir adjudicator.
Since 2005, Joel’s “home base” has been the SNJ Studio of Music, where he conducts two award-winning ensembles – the SNJ Singers, a select 50-voice High School A Cappella Choir, and Center Stage, a 56-member Middle School Show Choir. Joel is also Artistic Director of SNJ Musical Theater, providing experience and training in Acting, Singing, and Dancing for students in grades 2-9. More than 1,500 students have participated in Musical Theater terms and summer camps since 2005.
Joel is the Chorus Master for the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration at the Holland Center in Omaha, and was musical director for the popular Nebraska Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night in June of 2013. He served as President of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association, as well as Chair of Choral Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association. He was named NMEA’s Outstanding Music Educator of the Year in 2003.
DAVID MAYFIELD, COLLABORATIVE PIANIST, PIANO INSTRUCTOR
M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.A. Lee University
David Mayfield comes to Midland University from East Tennessee where he served as music director for First Presbyterian Church of Hunstville and pianist for amateur acting troupe the Plateau Players. While in Tennessee, David performed regionally giving both solo and chamber recitals as well as giving masterclasses. He also took a year off to serve as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer seeking to improve the lives of rural disenfranchised communities.
As the Collaborative Pianist and Piano Instructor, David teaches Piano Proficiency, Piano Lessons, Music Theory, and Aural Skills to education students pursuing a Music Endorsement. He also accompanies the Midland University Choir, vocal and instrumental students, musicals, and guest artist recitals.
David recently formed the piano duo, Duo Nouveau. The duo’s current project includes premiering two different piano concerti written by composers Daniel Perttu and Eric Ewazen spring of 2020.
David received his Bachelor of Arts in Piano from Lee University studying under Phillip Thomas, and completed his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying under David Northington, piano and Fay Adams, piano pedagogy.
Contact David by calling 402.941.6393 or by emailing mayfield@MidlandU.edu
RYAN DUSSO, GRADUATE ASSISTANT OF VOCAL MUSIC
Contact Ryan by emailing dusso@MidlandU.edu.