Contributing Writers

Andre deQuadros, Professor of music at Boston University. Conductor, ethnomusicologist and music educator. He has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries. He has had a number of leadership positions at Boston University, including: director of the School of Music, chair of the Music Education Department, chair of the Department of Music in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and artistic director of the Tanglewood Institute.

As a conductor, he is developing new cross-cultural experimental repertoire with influences of Arab, Indian, Latin  American, and Indonesian music. Engagements of note include the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Bulgaria with which he toured Spain, the Massachusetts All-State Chorus (USA), the Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra (USA), the Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Nusantara Chamber Orchestra (Indonesia), the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Monash Orchestra, the Jauna Muzika Choir (Lithuania), and Choralies 2010 (France). He is a member of Interkultur’s World Choir Council and Artistic Director of Aswatuna – Arab Choral Festival.

 In June of 2012 he  published his definitive book – The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music.



Dr. Trent Brown. Dr. Brown taught public high school for eight years in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2001 his choir was invited to sing at the Minnesota State ACDA Convention. He has led several choir tours, both domestic and international, including a performance tour to China. As a faculty member at the University of Arizona he was an instructor of choral conducting and led several choral ensembles.

As a bass/baritone soloist he frequently performs recital and oratorio repertoire with church, community, and professional ensembles.

Dr. Brown is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He served as a member of the editorial board and as the editor-in-chief of Melisma, the newsletter of the North Central ACDA Division. He is also a member of Music Educators National  Conference (MENC) and the Voice Care Network. He has worked with singers of all ages and abilities, and he welcomes opportunities to clinic and adjudicate ensembles and soloists.



Joseph Caulkins,  Artistic Director for Key Chorale has for the past 9 seasons consistently delivered innovative concert experiences through adventurous programming, unique collaborations and performances of new and rarely heard works.From 2001-2010, Joseph was the Associate Conductor/Director of Choruses for the Southwest Florida Symphony where he created the Stained Glass Series, led annual Messiah and Holiday Pops concerts and conducted the Pops, Family, Chamber and Masterworks series. Prior to his arrival in Southwest Florida, he was Artistic Director/Conductor of the Bach Chamber Choir (Rockford, IL) and directed the St. Procopius Chamber Orchestra and Choirs at Benedictine University (Lisle, IL). With his choruses, Mr. Caulkins has produced/released numerous CDs, led European concert tours, conducted world and regional premieres and commissioned new works from Dale Warland, Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo among others. Versatile, with a clear beat, and known for his innovative programming, Maestro Caulkins is at home with music from classics to pops and baroque to ballet. His work — alongside pops legend Erich Kunzel, conducting icon Dale Warland and master technician Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival — have shaped him into a sensitive and dynamic conductor.


Nancy Hill Cobb ,  Former Director of the School of Music at Indiana State University; composer and conductor, Under her composing name of “Nancy Hill Cobb,” Cobb has published compositions Two major works published by Cobb are Threnody, for chorus and orchestra and The Seven Last Words, for chorus and chamber orchestra.

Prior to her position at ISU, Cobb  was founding director of the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida. Other institutions at which she served were Dallas Baptist University, where she was program head of theory and composition and opera theater director; Oklahoma Baptist University, conductor of the University Chorale and chair of the Theory and Composition Department, and Mercer University. From 1998-2002 she served as founder and conductor of the Sine Nomine Singers in Shawnee, Oklahoma and as the conductor of the Stillwater Chamber Singers in 2004-2005.. She also served as President of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and was named Director of Distinction by the organization in 1995.

She holds the Bachelor of Music with Honors in Theory and Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University, the Master of Music in Composition from Michigan State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Oklahoma. She also completed post-doctoral studies in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music.