Dr. James Stegall
Director of Choral Activities
James Stegall, Professor of Music, was named The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Western Illinois University in 2013. In addition to his role as Director of Choral Activities, he conducts the Western Illinois University Singers, Madrigal Singers and teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and literature. He also serves on WIU President Jack Thomas’ Faculty Roundtable. Through juried application, his University Singers have achieved significant recognition through state, regional and national convention performances including the Illinois Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. They have appeared on professional venues with the Dallas Brass, Kansas City Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and University of Colorado Symphony. Additionally, Dr. Stegall has presented for national and international conferences including the College Music Society, The International Conference on Arts and Humanities, The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium, the National Association for Music Education, the National American Choral Directors Association and the International Symposium on Singing and Song. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A.) and Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M. / M.A.).
The Illinois Music Educators Association recognized Dr. Stegall’s contributions in teaching with the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence. At WIU he has received the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Fine Arts Award, three Outstanding Student Organizational Advisor Awards, two Faculty Excellence Awards, four Professional Achievement Awards and also the Outstanding Music Alumnus Award from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Stegall makes frequent appearances as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer on vocal production and choral conducting throughout the country. He is member of the College Music Society, Society for American Music, American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Educators Association and is a founding member of Southwest Liederkranz, a scholarly gathering of conductors from around the nation.
On a personal note, he resides in Macomb, IL with his wife Erin, also a choral director and his son, Evan, a nationally ranked USA/YMCA swimmer for the McDonough County Dolphins.