photo: dicksonJohn Dickson

Director of Choral Studies
Chair of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting
Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education
Stephanie Landry Barineau Professor of Music

205 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504

P: 225-578-2569

John Dickson is the Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education at Louisiana State University’s School of Music. As Director of Choral Studies he conducts the A Cappella Choir and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting.  Outside of academia, he is the founding artistic director and conductor of Coro Vocati, one of Atlanta’s most accomplished professional chamber choirs.  

This year marks Dr. Dickson’s forty-third year as a collegiate choral conductor.  As a conducting pedagogue, he has presented master-classes before the Association of British Choral Directors, the American Choral Directors Association and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow.  He has conducted festivals and workshops in England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the U. S.  For three decades his choirs have been featured at conventions of the ACDA, ABCD, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. 

Appointed as a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1992, Dr. Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir; a second post-doctoral fellowship in 1998 allowed him to serve as principal rehearsal conductor under musical director David Hill.  For his summer conducting institutes Dr. Dickson has co-directed with British friends and colleagues Stephen Cleobury, David Hill and Bob Chilcott.  He is the Founding Director of the C. S. Lewis Choral Institute, featuring a professional chorus for its triennial symposium in Oxford and Cambridge.  He holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from The University of Texas, at Austin, the M.M. degree in musicology from Baylor University, and has done post-doctoral study at Cambridge University, Cambridge.