Five Minutes with Joel Moore, Director of Choral Activities

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Joel Moore joined The University of Olivet this fall to serve as director of choral activities – a role he describes as one of his biggest goals. Professor Moore has led numerous choirs throughout his career, and has helped groups of all ages earn a plethora of awards and recognitions. Now transitioning to lead a collegiate choir, Professor Moore is looking forward to working with more students who share his passion and appreciation of music – and even including a little humor in his teaching.

Why do you love The University of Olivet?

I love Olivet for a variety of reasons. I love that Olivet is relationship driven. The staff and faculty work together to do what is best for the students. I love that professors go the extra mile for their students. That is how I have always approached education, so it is exciting to be a part of an organization that is also aligned with my philosophy. On a separate topic, I love the rich history of choral excellence at Olivet, and I am excited to be a part of this tradition!

Do you have a favorite memory from your time serving OC?

I had a meeting with President Corey shortly after I started at Olivet. During this meeting, he conveyed OC’s commitment to building this choral program. He explained that my position is a part of a strategic plan at Olivet. It was very encouraging to me to hear this level of support and affirmation from the president of the college.

Where do your passions for teaching and music stem from?

My passions stem from a variety of experiences throughout my life. I started learning music in the fourth grade. Since then, many choirs, teachers, professors, performances and mentors have played significant roles in my life. Every time that I have a moving musical experience, it impacts who I am in some way. The supernatural power of music and its effect on the human body and mind continues to motivate me to make great music.

What is your teaching style like?

I like to have fun and use humor in my teaching. I move quickly and have high standards for myself and the students that I am teaching.

What’s the average day in your role, or some of the unique things you are responsible for?

One of the reasons that I love this job is because no two days are alike. Some of my responsibilities include planning and rehearsing with the two Olivet choirs that I am responsible for; traveling to high schools around the state and giving clinics to high school choirs; recruiting high school students; auditioning students for Olivet choirs; auditioning music majors; auditioning and awarding scholarships to prospective Olivet students; planning and administering trips and travel arrangements; managing an annual budget; grading student work and more.

Why do you encourage students to attend OC?

I encourage students to attend The University of Olivet because of the personalized education that students receive here. It is very easy at a large university for students to get lost in the masses. Students at OC have access to their professors and the professors go the extra mile to help their students.

What do you look forward to in your role?

I am looking forward to making great music on a daily basis. Many of the hurdles to making music at the high school level don’t exist at this level. I look forward to having students in my classes that have registered for the class because they are passionate about music. We can do great things when we are all striving toward a common goal.

What advice do you share with students?

Work hard. Play hard. Most people want the American dream but aren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve it. In most cases, your dream won’t arrive on a silver platter. It takes hard work and sacrifice – but it’s worth it! Remember that anything is possible if you are willing to work for it. Also, persevere; trials will come. Successful people persevere through tough times.

What is an interesting or little known fact about yourself?

I am a soccer referee. I have my advanced referee certification and enjoy officiating when I can.

Learn more about The University of Olivet, and even scholarships for music students, by visiting campus or attending an upcoming admissions event. Just let us know you’d like to connect with Professor Moore, and we’ll make it happen. Contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@uolivet.edu for questions.


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