Dr. James M. Meaders, DCINY Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, moved to New York in July 2014 to accept a position with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) after 16 years on the faculty at Mississippi College. As Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music, Dr. Meaders’ choirs performed multiple invitational performances for conventions of the American Choral Directors Association at the state, divisional, and national level. He led the Mississippi College Singers on four international tours and concerts in such venerable venues as Washington National Cathedral, St. Peter’s, Vienna, Canterbury Cathedral, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He has also presented multiple sessions on varied choral topics to state and divisional ACDA conventions. In February 2015, Meaders, along with Dr. Alicia Walker from the University of South Carolina, presented a session on the integration of service learning and music education for national ACDA in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Meaders has taught undergraduate and graduate conducting, applied voice, and chaired a university department of music. He was a practicing church musician for more than 25 years before moving to New York and has conducted community choirs, numerous honor choirs, and many festivals. Dr. Meaders, in partnership with several US choral colleagues, created The International Partnership for Choral Music Education, an annual service learning-based symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, that is dedicated to promoting the development of the choral arts of South Africa. He is past-president of Mississippi ACDA and has served as College and University R&S Chair for Southern Division ACDA.