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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Trent R. Brown, D.M.A.

Trent R. Brown, D.M.A.Associate Professor of Music
Choral Director, Conducting
Phone: (239) 590-1266
Office: MUS 215

Dr. Trent R. Brown is Associate Professor of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University where he directs all choral ensembles, teaches courses in choral literature, conducting and secondary vocal methods, supervises student teachers, and serves as a Faculty Scholar for the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  He is the Artistic Director of the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida and was founding Musical Director and Chorus Master for Gulfshore Opera

Under Brown’s direction the Bower School of Music Chamber Choir has performed at the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention (2015), the Florida State Music Teachers Association (2015), and the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) conference (2013).  He is the 2017 Fellowship recipient for the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) and will research and conduct choral music in South America next season.  He conducted the 2017 Florida All-State Reading Chorus at FMEA and frequently leads festivals, honor choirs and workshops in Florida and beyond. 

He has published articles in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and state and divisional ACDA publications, and frequently presents sessions at state and national conferences on choral literature and conducting techniques.  Recent conducting engagements include Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra), Frostiana and excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro (Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida), Chichester Psalms (FGCU Choirs and Orchestra), Dido & Aeneas (FGCU Opera) and Mikado (Gulfshore Opera). 

Dr. Brown previously taught public high school in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  He holds degrees from The University of Arizona (DMA), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (MM) and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (BME).  He holds memberships in ACDA, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and the Voice Care Network.

When he is not making music, Dr. Brown can be found logging miles preparing for, or running in marathons. His favorite activities, however, include being a father to his two wonderful children – Elise and Miles – and being a husband to his lovely wife, Lindsay.