College and University Choirs Chair

Chairperson:  Heather Buchanan

Heather BuchananAustralian born conductor Dr. Heather J. Buchanan is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, where she conducts the 160-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “heartfelt conviction,” “vibrant sound,” and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” Dr. Buchanan earned her Bachelor of Music (Education) degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and music education with distinction from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and her PhD from the University of New England (Australia). A licensed Andover Educator since 2002, Dr. Buchanan specializes in the teaching of Body Mapping and somatic pedagogy for musicians. Her publications include the landmark GIA choral series Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (Vols. 1 – 3), a DVD Evoking Sound: Body Mapping & Gesture Fundamentals, and choral octavos in the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA). A vibrant teacher and dynamic performer, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician & adjudicator in the US and abroad.  buchananh@mail.montclair.edu