Dr. Jennifer Flory has been Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College in Milledgeville since August 2005. She conducts the University Chorus and the auditioned Max Noah Singers and teaches choral and vocal music education and conducting courses. In December 2009, she was appointed Graduate Coordinator for the MME program. In August 2015, Flory was promoted to Professor of Music. Since August 2006, Flory has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.
Flory holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Otterbein College (now University); and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mendelssohn’s Hymne, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Schubert’s Ständchen, Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth,” Hamilton’s When the Cold Awakens, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Rutter’s Magnificat. Flory was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2014 Summer Symposium Program after a highly competitive application and selection process.
Flory has commissioned a number of new choral works from composers such as Emma Lou Diemer, David Hamilton, David Johnson, and John Hennecken, and premiered them with Georgia College ensembles. Flory’s most recent articles are about the music of prolific New Zealand composer, David Hamilton, and are featured in the Research Memorandum Series, a Journal of The American Choral Foundation, published by Chorus America. “David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir” is in the No. 204 Winter 2013/14 issue, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments” is in the No. 203 Summer 2013 issue, and “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble” is in the No. 202 Winter 2012/13 issue. Flory was also compiler for the Spring 2008 and 2009 issues of RMS; the first article details the choral-orchestral music and the latter article indexes the choral music of Emma Lou Diemer.
She has presented four day-long workshops for the Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) organizations in Pelham and Lenox; the sessions covered topics such as Assessment in the Music Classroom, Music Technology, Conducting, Elementary Choral Techniques, Behavior Management, Lesson Planning, Fun Music Units, Sight-Reading Methods, and Music Advocacy. Flory has presented technology sessions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association and other sessions for GMEA on topics such as sight-reading, choral concert programming, contemporary a cappella singing, and contemporary commercial music voice pedagogy.
Flory serves as an adjudicator for GMEA LGPE, GMEA Solo & Ensemble, and GHSA Literary. She also conducted the GMEA 2018 Elementary School Glynn County Honor Chorus in January 2018, the Denison University Chamber Singers in November 2016, GMEA District 11 Women’s Honor Choir in February 2015, the Newton County Fifth Grade Honors Choir in March 2012, and the GMEA District 11 High School Mixed Honor Choir in January 2008. Flory is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Georgia Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and The College Music Society; in fall 2011, she was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of Tri-M Music Society. In spring 2014, Flory was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.
Academic Department: Department of Music
College: College of Arts and Sciences