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Associate Professor
Choral Music Education; Voice
Director of Undergraduate Studies; Director:Concert Choir; Director:University Singers
Bachelor of Music Education, Louisiana State University
Master of Music, University of North Texas
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of North Texas


Duane Cottrell is currently associate professor of choral music education at the University of Delaware, where he directs the Concert Choir and the University Singers, a select women’s ensemble; teaches choral conducting and choral music education courses; and supervises student teachers. Prior to his appointment at UD, he was the interim director of choral activities at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he conducted the Chamber Choir, the University Choir and the Symphonic Chorus. Dr. Cottrell also served as doctoral teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, where he directed the 120-voice UNT Men's Chorus.

Dr. Cottrell has conducted mixed choirs, men's choirs and women's choirs at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels and has worked with various church and community choruses. He has served as an adjudicator or clinician in Texas, Oregon, Washington, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This spring, he will direct the UD University Singers at the National Association for Music Education Eastern Conference in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Cottrell completed DMA and MM degrees at the University of North Texas, where he studied choral conducting with Jerry McCoy, voice science and pedagogy with Stephen Austin and music education with Warren Henry. Dr. Cottrell received a BME from Louisiana State University where he studied under Kenneth Fulton. Dr. Cottrell is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the College Music Society (CMS) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Dr. Cottrell’s primary research interest is the science of the singing voice and its application to choral music, on which he has had articles published in the Choral Journal and in the inaugural issue of The Choral Scholar, the official journal of the NCCO.  He has also presented lectures on voice science for choral conductors at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the 4th International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, and national and regional conventions of the ACDA. His doctoral thesis is titled Increasing Glottal Closure in an Untrained Male Chorus by Integrating Historical, Scientific, and Clinical Practice Into Choral Voice Building Exercises.