Arts & Humanities Faculty
Joel Moore joined the Olivet College faculty in 2018 to serve as director of choral activities. In his role, he directs the Olivet College Choir and works closely with the college admissions department, meeting with prospective families to guide them through the college selection process. Professor Moore received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in music education from Western Michigan University. He taught secondary vocal music for 20 years in Michigan schools, 17 of which were for the Three Rivers Community Schools district.
Choirs under Professor Moore’s direction have performed at the Midwestern Conference for School Vocal and Instrumental Music, the Michigan Music Conference, the American Choral Directors Association State Convention, the State Capitol in Lansing, and they have been selected as one of Michigan’s top ensembles on five occasions to perform at the prestigious Michigan Youth Arts Festival. In both 2010 and 2011, Professor Moore’s choir was awarded first place at The Detroit Spiritual Festival. They have also been awarded first place at music festivals around the nation including in St. Louis, Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, Orlando and New York. In addition to conferences and competitions, Professor Moore and his choirs have had the privilege of premiering choral arrangements on eight different occasions by six different composers, and some of these arrangements have been published.
Professor Moore has served the Michigan School Vocal Music Association as District 11 manager, District Choral Festival host and as an adjudicator/clinician. He was elected from the MSVMA membership to conduct the MSVMA 7-8-9 SATB State Honors Choir in 2012 and the MSVMA High School TTBB State Honors Choir in 2017. Professor Moore has been a mentor to intern teachers from various colleges and universities throughout Michigan. He currently serves as minister of music at New Hope Assembly in Three Rivers, an MSVMA adjudicator/clinician and private voice instructor to 20 students.