Joshua R. Brown serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Acting Chair of Music Education at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches courses in choral music, conducting, music education, voice, and serves as the Opera Music Director. Prior to his appointment, 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 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 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. Anton Armstrong, Dr. Jeffery Ames, 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 ARACDA, ACDA, TMAA, TMEA, TCDA, ATPE, NCCO, and Chorus America. Dr. Brown and his wife, Hillary, welcomed their first child, Myra Claire Brown, in May of 2019.