Dr. Donald Bailey

Professor Emeritus/Past Director of Choral Activities


DONALD BAILEY is the Past Director of Choral Activities and a Professor Emeritus in the School of Music where he conducted the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and taught choral conducting for almost fifteen years. His choirs have appeared with the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo (NY) Philharmonic, the Phoenix (AZ) Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso (TX) Symphony Orchestra, the Lubbock (TX) Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Santa Fe (NM). His choirs have sung three times for the American Choral Directors Association National Convention as well as for the Texas Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, the Arizona Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference. He recently served as the Music Director/Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Texas.

Prior to coming to Baylor University in 1993, he held similar positions at Arizona State University, Texas Tech University, Houghton College, and Eastern New Mexico University. He received his Bachelor of Music Education summa cum laude and Master of Arts in Vocal Performance degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and his Doctor of Arts in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Bailey was named an "Outstanding Alumnus" by the University of Northern Colorado for his contributions to music.

Particularly active as a guest conductor and clinician, he has conducted over three hundred and fifty clinics in the last ten years. He frequently appears as an All State Clinician having conducted All State Choirs in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. He has appeared as a guest conductor at both Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. An active composer, Dr. Bailey is represented by Alliance Music Publications and Gentry Publications.

Currently, Dr. Bailey remains involved with the School of Music by lecturing to classes about the choral art and serving on several graduate committees.