Joshua R. Brown serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of Music Education at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches courses in choral music, conducting, music education, and voice. The Ouachita choral ensembles enjoy a long tradition of excellence; singers from OBU have recently performed at Holidays at the Capitol, Carnegie Hall, and the Arkansas All-State Conference. Dr. Brown has been invited to present at conferences in Arkansas, Wyoming, Idaho, and Texas.
Prior to his appointment at Ouachita, Dr. Brown served as the Director of the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus. He also served as Artistic Director of the Coppell Community Chorale (2016-2019) and was Director of Choirs at Coppell High School (2012-2017) where his choirs were selected to perform at the White House (2014), Texas Music Educators Convention (2017), and Southwestern American Choral Directors Convention (2016). Previously, Dr. Brown was Director of Choirs at Abilene High School (2009-2012). He currently serves as Executive Director of Voces Pacis – a semi-professional choral organization in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. He has also served as an officer or committee member in Texas Music Education Association (TMEA) Regions 16, 20 and 31, and is regularly called upon to serve as a choral adjudicator, clinician, or accompanist.
As an advocate for church music, Dr. Brown is Music Director at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and has frequently served as a worship leader in Texas. Prior church appointments include St. Philip Presbyterian in Hurst (Director of Music), First Baptist Church Abilene (sabbatical replacement Worship Leader), First United Methodist Church Teague (Director of Music), Cockrell Hill Baptist Church Dallas (Minister of Music), First Baptist Church Duncanville (Worship Associate).
Brown holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting with a related field in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas, a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Dallas Baptist University. While at Baylor, Brown was the graduate conductor of the Baylor A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. In 2007, Brown was selected as one of eight National Graduate Semifinalists in the Choral Conducting Competition of the American Choral Directors Association. He has studied conducting with Dr. Jeffery Ames, Dr. Anton Armstrong, Dr. Donald Bailey, Professor Stephen Heyde, Dr. Allen Hightower, Dr. Stephen Holcomb, Dr. Eric Wilson, and voice with Dr. Susan Wyatt. His professional affiliations include ARKCDA, ARACDA, ACDA, TMAA, TMEA, TCDA, NCCO, and Chorus America. Dr. Brown and his wife Hillary are the proud parents of two girls – Myra and Ruth.