Dr. Jennifer Flory has been Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College in Milledgeville since August 2005. She conducts the University Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, 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 2010, Flory was promoted to Associate Professor and tenured. Since August 2006, Flory has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano soloist, in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mendelssohn’s Hymne, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Schubert’s Ständchen, and Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth.”
Flory has commissioned a number of new choral works from composers such as Emma Lou Diemer and David Hamilton, premiering 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 Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments” is the No. 203 Summer 2013 issue and “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble” is 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 such topics 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 a Sight-Singing Session for GMEA. Flory also serves as an adjudicator for GMEA LGPE, GMEA Solo & Ensemble, and GHSA Literary. She also conducted the GMEA District 11 High School Mixed Honor Choir in January 2008 and conducted the Newton County Fifth Grade Honors Choir in March 2012.
Flory holds both a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education Degrees from Otterbein College; 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. Flory studied conducting with Stephen Coker, Earl Rivers, Mark Gibson, and Craig Johnson. She participated in master classes with Dale Warland, Harry Christophers, Stephen Darlington, John Leman, and Hilary Apfelstadt. 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.