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Cottrell is associate professor and associate director of choral studies at the
University of Delaware. Ensembles under his direction have included the
University Singers, a select women’s ensemble, the UD Jazz Singers, the Concert
Choir, Schola Cantorum (2017-2018) and the UD Chorale (2013-2014). He also
teaches conducting and choral music education courses at the graduate and
undergraduate levels, 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. Under his direction, the UD University
Singers, the select women’s ensemble at UD, appeared at the 2013 NAfME
Eastern Conference in Hartford, CT, the 2014 Eastern Conference of ACDA in
Baltimore, and the 2018 Eastern Conference of ACDA in Pittsburgh. He has served
as an adjudicator or clinician in Texas, Oregon, Washington, Delaware,
Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Cottrell completed D.M.A. and M.M. 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 B.M.E. from Louisiana State University where he studied
under Kenneth Fulton. He is an active member of the
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and served as president of
the Delaware chapter from 2013 to 2015. He also maintains memberships in the
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 The Choral Scholar, and has authored a
chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy. 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, as well as national and regional
conventions of the ACDA. He is currently the editor of the “On the Voice”
column for ACDA’s Choral Journal.