The Fred Fox School of Music supports a large, active, world-class faculty of musicians & scholars. For more about this robust team, visit this page. The primary faculty for choral conductors are listed below.
Choral Music Education
Assistant Professor of Music
Alyssa Cossey is Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Music Education at the University of Arizona where she conducts the University Community Chorus and the Wildcat Choir, teaches undergraduate Methods and Techniques for Secondary Vocal Music Education as well as graduate seminars: Techniques for the Choral Teacher-Conductor, Historical Research in Music Education, and Teaching Music in Higher Education. Dr. Cossey is also responsible for overseeing student teachers and advising Conducting and Music Education graduate students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she is in high demand as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and presenter and has presented at state and regional conferences in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawai‘i, New Mexico, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and Texas. This December she will co-present a session, “Adopt, Adapt, Improve: Utilizing Effective Choral Techniques in the Wind Band Rehearsal” at the Midwest Clinic: International Band & Orchestra Conference, in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Cossey holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, an MM in Conducting from California State University, Fullerton, and a BA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
As a Los Angeles native, she sang in the premiere women’s chorus, Vox Femina Los Angeles, under the direction of Dr. Iris Levine, and has been invited to sing at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Pantages Theatre, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall with renowned conductors and composers including John Williams, Grant Gershon, and James Conlon. She is also an inaugural member of the professional-level women’s choir mirabai, which sings and tours under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow, and can be heard on their debut CD Ecstatic Songs, released in March 2018.
In addition to conducting and teaching, Dr. Cossey has a passion for investigative historical research. Her article on Haydn’s secular canons, “Adding Canons to the Canon: Franz Joseph Haydn’s Die Weltlichen Kanons,” was featured in the August 2018 issue of the Choral Journal. Previous research areas have included unpublished documents on the commission and premiere performance of Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, and in Summer 2018 she visited the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh, Suffolk to review his original manuscripts and complete her comparative study of Britten’s written scores to his conducted performances.
Dr. Cossey holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education. She currently serves as the Arizona ACDA Collegiate Repertoire and Resources Coordinator.
Previously, Dr. Cossey taught middle and high school choir in the L.A. area for nearly a decade. During her tenure her choirs consistently received Superior ratings at festival, with invitations to perform at the state and national level, and enrollment in the her programs more than doubled in size under her leadership.
- Historical Research in Music Education (graduate seminar)
- Methods and Techniques for Secondary Vocal Music Education (undergraduate)
- Teaching Music in Higher Education (graduate seminar)
- Techniques for the Choral Teacher-Conductor (graduate seminar)
- University Community Chorus
- Wildcat Choir
Director of Choral Activities
Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2018 and serves as director of choral activities and associate professor of music. He has held similar positions at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Boston University.
Felipe is active in the U.S., Asia, South America and Europe. Upcoming and recent engagements include leading choirs in Spain, Brazil and Texas; presenting master classes in Sweden, Singapore and Pennsylvania; and adjudicating choirs in Indonesia, Germany and Arizona.
Felipe’s choirs have performed internationally and domestically, often to high praise: “the [ensemble], under the direction of Miguel Felipe, has progressed to the point that it is simply a fine vocal instrument in absolute terms.”
A devoted supporter of new music and lesser known masterpieces, Felipe has commissioned extensively and spoken at U.S. events about the composer-conductor relationship. His programs often meld adventurous with traditional repertoire exploring with audiences and singers an evolving, global choral traditional. His research focuses on choral innovations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, on concepts of the influence of choral societies in cultural development, and on conducting pedagogy.
Felipe has served on the faculty of Oberlin College & Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Brown University, and Mount Holyoke College. He has led choirs at Harvard University; Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto (Brazil); and in various churches including the Lutheran Church of Honolulu where he served as the director of music and liturgy from 2011 to 2014.
A frequent guest conductor, Felipe has been described as a “a dynamic ... conductor who had clearly committed himself to bringing the best” of singers. He’s active as vice president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, as the past vice president of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and as a member of Chorus America. Felipe is a proud member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.
Felipe earned his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Boston University where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
- Applied Conducting Lessons & Studio Class
- Arizona Choir
- Choral Literature Seminar
- Collegium Musicum (supervising professor)
- Recital Choir
- University Singers (supervising professor)
Associate Director of Choral Activities
Professor of Music
Dr. Elizabeth Schauer accepted an appointment as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arizona in fall 2004. An award-winning educator, Dr. Schauer directs Symphonic Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, literature and methods. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, presenter and conductor throughout the United States, including recently for 2016 performances with the National High School Women’s Honor Choir at Carnegie Hall, and the 2016 New Mexico All-State Mixed Choir. Choirs under her direction have been selected by audition and invited to perform on local, state and regional conferences of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), College Music Society (CMS) and American Guild of Organists. In addition, her choirs have been featured on the ACDA National YouTube Channel and the Community Concerts Series of KUAT-FM Classical Radio, and are regularly invited to collaborate, notably with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Arizona Symphony and the UA Wind Ensemble. Repertoire embraces choral and choral-orchestral masterworks of the western canon from the Middle Ages through the present, up to and including new works dedicated to and commissioned for her ensembles, as well as the music of our time and from a variety of cultures. She has presented sessions at the national conferences of ACDA, Presbyterian Association of Musicians and CMS; regional conferences of ACDA, and state conferences of ACDA and NAfME. Former students are active as music educators at public and private schools, churches, colleges and universities through the country, and have been accepted into respected graduate schools and programs for continued study. Dr. Schauer just completed her term as President of Arizona ACDA, and holds degrees from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College and University of Michigan.
- Applied Conducting Lessons
- Honor Choir (supervising professor)
- Kantorei (supervising professor)
- Symphonic Choir
- Undergraduate Conducting