Joseph Paul Dease is a native of Dothan, AL. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Choral/ Vocal Music from the University of Montevallo (1995), a Master of Music in Choral Conducting with advanced studies in Vocal Pedagogy from East Carolina University (1997), and a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Education from the Florida State University College of Music (2006). Currently, he is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Magic City Choral Society where he is the principal conductor of the Men’ Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and Chorale. His conducting and teaching experiences include The University of Alabma, The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Red Mountain Theatre Summer Youth Workshop, Opera Birmingham, The Florida State University College of Music, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Chorus, East Carolina University, and the Greenville Choral Society and New Carolina Sinfonia. Dr. Dease has studied under André Thomas, Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, Cliff Madsen, Rhonda Fleming, and Brad Logan. His early music mentors include Gilda Wilkerson, Kathryn Foster, and Judy and Gene Montgomery. Dr. Dease an active adjudicator and guest conductor, and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Voice Care Network, Chorus America, and the Alabama Association of Nonprofits.
Dr. Dease has been noted for his passion and dynamic teaching/rehearsal style that models the three P’s – patience, persistence, and positive reinforcement. Choirs under his direction consistently demonstrate performances that exemplify the highest ideals of the choral art form.