Dr. John Flanery is the Director of Choral Activities at New Mexico State University. At

NMSU he supervises the masters in choral conducting program, teaches choral literature and choral conducting, and oversees the University Singers, Concert Choir, and the Masterworks Chorus.

Prior to his arrival at NMSU in 2015, John spent nine years as associate choral director at the University of Southern Mississippi. His Doctor of Musical Arts and Master’s degrees are both in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

John has served ACDA in various positions including having served as the Mississippi Chapter president for three years. In service to national ACDA, John has been on the poster selection committee for both the national conferences in Dallas for 2013 and Salt Lake City in 2015.

As a high school music educator in the state of Iowa for nine years, John conducted concert choirs, madrigal dinners, show choirs, jazz choirs, and many other ensembles. John and his wife, Juliane, have five children – Elias, Cecelia, Josephine, Lucinda, and William.

John’s goals for New Mexico ACDA are varied and numerous.

  • Grow membership through all contingencies in the state from elementary teachers through high school educators, from College/University faculty and students through church musicians
  • Create, develop and empower a full ACDA Board
  • Generate new events that will appeal to a broader membership
  • Continue to support and develop the Youth All-State Honor Choirs
  • New and improved website that is functional and useful to our organization
  • Encourage and promote greater participation in regional and national ACDA events

Congratulations to Dr. John Flanery our New President-Elect!

Letter From Dr. Carolyn

The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Dear NM-ACDA Choral Conductor-Teachers,

I cannot begin to tell you how moved and touched I am from the wonderful weekend with the All-State Youth Choir.  The singers were very well-prepared on their voice parts prior to the first rehearsal, and I know this is due to you and your work with them ahead of the All-State rehearsals.  They were willing to experiment with various musical ideas in each of our selections, and they tried out numerous rehearsal strategies throughout our rehearsals—which is a testament to your open/creative/thoughtful teaching!

Thank you so much for your hospitality and for sharing your young musicians with me throughout the All-State weekend.  It was a huge honor to be with you and your singers, and I will cherish the moments we shared throughout my career.

If you have any questions about any of the rehearsal strategies you may have observed, voice-building for adolescent voices, and/or repertoire selection, I would love to hear from you!  I am always learning as well, and would honor the opportunity to share in discussion with you about our incredibly rewarding (and often times vulnerable!) profession.
With great respect and appreciation,