D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Choral Conducting, University of Washington
M.M. (Master of Music) in Choral Conducting, University of Washington
B.M.Ed. (Bachelor of Music Education), Biola University
Time at PHC: 2006 to present
Dr. Steven McCollum has been active as a music educator for the past 20 years, teaching students of all ages. During that time his choirs have won awards for their artistic excellence, performed at music educators conferences, traveled internationally, and created notable recordings.
After receiving a B.M. Ed. from Biola University, Dr. McCollum spent four years as a licensed public school educator in Oregon and then served as a graduate teaching fellow while he completed his M.M. and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Before coming to Patrick Henry College, Dr. McCollum served as the Director of Choral/Vocal Activities at Simpson University and as the Chair of the Music Department at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. As the Director of Music at PHC, Dr. McCollum oversees the curriculum development of the college’s growing music program, directs the PHC Chorale, and teaches various subjects, including music history, conducting and music pedagogy. In addition, Dr. McCollum provides leadership for the department’s eight adjunct music faculty members, the PHC Chapel Guild, and the Patrick Henry College Youth Music Academy. The PHC Youth Music Academy is a consortium of high school music ensembles, which serve as a teaching lab for the college’s Music Track majors and future music majors.
Several of Dr. McCollum’s historical choral editions have been published by Sunhawk Music Publishers and National Music Publishers. He has had the opportunity to serve as a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival and with Chorus America, where he was privileged to study with Helmuth Rilling, Anton Armstrong, Ronald Staheli, and Duain Wolf. He often serves as an adjudicator of music festivals and as a curriculum consultant for private schools in the mid-Atlantic region. Dr. McCollum’s mission and passion is to nurture musical leaders who are able to serve as mentors in their churches, schools and community ensembles.