Don Campbell is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. Prior to his appointment at SWU in 1998, he taught vocal music for 20 years at Redwood High School in Visalia, California—building the program to 300 students in five choirs. Dr. Campbell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from California State University, Fullerton, his Master of Arts degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fresno, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Arizona State University. His mentors include David Thorsen, Howard Swan, John Cooksey, Greg Lyne, David Stocker, and many others. In demand as a choral clinician, Dr. Campbell has traveled to fourteen states and Scotland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australian, and British Columbia and Ontario, Canada to conduct choirs and festival choruses and present choral clinics. Every year he conducts the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Upper Region Honor Choir and had for many years also conducted the Central Region Honor Choir. His choirs have performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He is the founder and host of four festivals for local school and church choirs at Southern Wesleyan University: Upstate Intercollegiate Choral Invitational Festival for college choirs, SWUFest for high school choirs, SWUFest Too for middle school choirs, and Musica Ecclesia for church choirs.
In addition to the many eclectic programs he has directed in his thirty-plus years of work, he has conducted choral/orchestral works including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, F.J. Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Howard Hanson’s Song of Democracy, Beethoven’s, Mass in C major and the choral movement of the Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Schicksalslied and an orchestrated version of the Liebeslieder Waltzer, Cherubini’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ A German Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem and Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G and Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art, Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom and Frostiana, G.P. Pergolesi’s Magnificat and P.D.Q Bach’s The Seasonings. He has had post-doctoral coaching in orchestral conducting as a Conducting Fellow at the Conductors Institute of South Carolina with Donald Portnoy, Paul Vermel, Peter Jaffe, Maurice Peress, Manuel Alvarez, Victoria Bond, Samuel Jones, and John Fitz Rogers.
Dr. Campbell is currently the conductor of the Chorale of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC), a fine civic chorale in Anderson, South Carolina. As a barbershopper, he has directed Visalia, California’s Mighty Oak Chorus, Hanford, California’s Kingsmen Chorus, and Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Palmetto Statesmen Chorus and has been on the international faculty of Harmony University for the Barbershop Harmony Society for eighteen years and is the Dean of the Directors College of Harmony University. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Professional Music Fraternity), Phi Kappa Phi (Honorary Scholastic Society), Pi Kappa Lambda (Honorary Music Scholastic Society), American Choral Directors Association, South Carolina American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Barbershop Harmony Society. As a church musician, Dr. Campbell has directed music at several churches in California and South Carolina including his current position as Director of Music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Anderson, South Carolina. He has also had lead roles in community theatre productions of Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof. He is recipient of the first Ken Dickens Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2003 at Southern Wesleyan University and SWU’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2003-4. Additional honors include being recently elected president of the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association, being named Dean of the Directing College of Harmony University, and contributing to Visions of Excellence: a Dialog with the Finest Directors from the Barbershop Harmony Society.