Dr. Corie Brown

Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
San Jose State University

Corie Brown serves as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at San José State University. She currently leads the SJSU Concert and Treble Choirs, and brings diverse teaching experience in both public and community settings. Prior to graduate studies in Colorado and Oregon, then moving to California, Dr. Brown taught in Colombia with the Fundación Nacional Batuta from 2012–2014, where she aided in the creation of the organization’s choral department and mentored choir teachers throughout the country. She also taught in public schools in Chicago and Michigan.

As a mezzo-soprano, Dr. Brown has appeared with the Ad Astra Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival Choirs, as well as the award-winning University of Oregon Chamber Choir, University of Colorado Boulder University Singers, and the prestigious Chicago Chorale. She has sung under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, Matthew Halls, Sharon Paul, and Andrea Ramsey, among others, and has toured internationally throughout Argentina, Colombia, and Europe.

Dr. Brown was a semi-finalist in the SWACDA conducting competition and enjoys performing everything from early music to contemporary works, especially by underrepresented composers. She has recently published an arrangement for treble voices with Hal Leonard in the Andrea Ramsey Choral Series, and is active as a clinician and guest conductor, presenting sessions at numerous conferences, most recently at the California State Music Educators Conference, and conducting the Ad Astra Music Festival High School Honor Choir in Kansas. Dr. Brown holds degrees in choral music from Alma College, the University of Oregon, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is an active member of ACDA, NCCO, CMEA, and NAfME, and serves on the boards of the CCDA and CMEA.