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Jeremy Mims

Chair/Assistant Professor of Music
Office: 107 EKH 
Mail Stop: 1828 
Phone: 6412 


Degrees earned: BM in Music Education from Hardin-Simmons University; MM in Choral Conducting from Hardin-Simmons University; DMA in Conducting for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Professional experience: A diverse musician, Jeremy has appeared on national and international concert and opera stages as a conductor, collaborative pianist, violinist, and a tenor chorister. Prior to coming to Dubuque, Jeremy was head of the choral program at Whitman College. Under his tutelage, both the Whitman Orchestra (2012) and the Chamber Singers (2014) performed at the convention of Washington Music Educators Association. He was also the conductor of the Walla Walla Symphony Youth, Pioneer United Methodist Church Choir, and the Oregon East Symphony Chorale, as well as a guest conductor with the Walla Walla Symphony and Walla Walla Choral Society. Jeremy has also served as clinician for honor and church choirs in Washington, Texas and Oregon.

Jeremy enjoys his involvements in the theatre as well, having served as musical director, chorus master, and accompanist of shows for various professional, collegiate and local theatres. An active collaborative pianist, he has served as accompanist for high school all-region, all-state, university, community and professional choirs. He often performs recitals with singers and instrumentalists. Acclaimed for their synchronized musicianship at the keyboard, Jeremy and colleague Dr. Melissa Loehnig are a dynamic piano duo that performs four-hand literature. Loehnig and Mims presented research on conductor/pianist relationships at NWACDA in 2014. Jeremy has been a member of the violin sections of many professional symphonies.

Teaching philosophy: A strong advocate of the arts, I believe that all students should have the opportunity to receive instruction in music, art, theatre, and dance. Offering quality arts education in the formative years is vital to the continuance of secondary and collegiate programs. I value my experience in the elementary classroom, where I was able to observe daily growth in the lives of young children.

I affirm the integration of various art forms and I seek to expose my students with other forms of expression. Working together for the enrichment of students only adds to their abilities to express more fully. This collaborative spirit helps direct my choices for my choirs, as I seek out opportunities in which my ensembles can perform in a variety of situations.

In addition, I attempt to see the gifts in each student. As an educator, part of my job is to aid students in achieving their goals. Entering the music classroom with the belief that every ‘voice’ counts places an inclusive perspective in my instruction. Balancing this inclusion with an insistence of a strong work ethic and a high level of achievement is necessary. Students will rise to the expectations presented to them and will in turn grow as musicians. Continuing my personal growth and research is vital in my success as a conductor and educator.  

Clarke’s impact on Jeremy: In my short time here, I have valued the close relationships between all members of the Clarke community. I hope to apply this camaraderie to my choral ensembles.

Jeremy’s impact on students: I aim to inspire students, hoping to deepen their passion for making music at a high level.

Jeremy’s favorite:

Movie – Dead Poets Society

Book  To Kill a Mockingbird

Quote  “Nothing of lasting value comes without a price.”

Class in college – Conducting

Place traveled - Lake Louise, BC

Hobby – Snow Skiing

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