Meet the Director
DREW COLLINS is a choral conductor, composer, and educator. He is Director of Choral Activities at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to this appointment, he was conductor of the University of Cincinnati Men's Chorus, Associate Director of Choral Studies at Augustana College, and Associate Director of Choral Studies at Wright State University.
Dr. Collins holds degrees from Concordia College, Boston University, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He has studied with several of the nation’s top choral pedagogues, was named a Fellow by Chorus America, and has masterclassed under four Grammy® nominees.
As a tenor and counter-tenor, Collins has sung under the batons of Bart Bradfield, Charles Bruffy, Simon Carrington, René Clausen, Richard Coffey, Matthew Culloton, Kenneth Jennings, Ann Howard Jones, Brian Jones, James Levine, Daniel Moe, Weston Noble, Earl Rivers, John Rutter,Chris Shepard, Mark Singleton, Dale Warland, and Eric Whitacre. Locally, he is a member of the professional choirs, Concora and Voce.
Collins has compositions, arrangements, and editions published by Carl Fischer, Curtis, Earthsongs, E.C. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, Kjos, Mark Foster, Roger Dean, Santa Barbara, and Walton Music. He is commissioned frequently, and several works are premiered each year. He was one of a select few composers interviewed for the book Conducting Women's Choirs.
A proponent of the music of today, he has served as editorial consultant to four publishing companies (two of these as Senior Choral Editor), is an octavo reviewer for Choral Journal, served for seven years as repertoire forum editor of Choral Director, and contributed to the most recent volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir. He has produced and conducted recording sessions for several publishing companies. He currently serves as College-University Repertoire & Standards Chair for the Connecticut chapter of American Choral Director’s Association.
Dr. Collins has served as founding Artistic and Music Director of e-Choir, Tempus Early Music Ensemble, Trinity Concert Singers, and Choir of the Lakes. He has conducted All State choirs, toured domestically and internationally, and headlined in Carnegie Hall. He has appeared as guest conductor of Festival Choir of Madison, Elgin Choral Union, and Musica. Dr. Collins has presented at choral and music education conventions at the state and national levels. He is in demand as a festival conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.