Dr. Phillip H. Stockton is a dedicated and accomplished music educator and conductor, renowned for his contributions to choral music pedagogy and performance. He obtained his Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music from the University of Mississippi in 2013, building on his earlier education, including an M.M. in Music Education from Florida State University and a B.M. in Music Education from Auburn University. With extensive experience in various educational settings, Dr. Stockton currently serves as the Interim Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Education at Mississippi State University, where he conducts multiple choirs and teaches courses ranging from choral methods to conducting.
Throughout his career, Dr. Stockton has showcased his expertise in conducting and music education through a multitude of professional achievements. His conducting experience spans various prestigious events, including international performances in Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; and Nairobi, Kenya. He has presented his research findings at numerous music education conferences across the United States, with a focus on topics such as adolescent voice change, choral pedagogy, and rehearsal frame analysis for choral directors. Dr. Stockton's commitment to the field is reflected in his active participation in several professional organizations, including the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Southern Region ACDA R&R for Student Activities. In recognition of his contributions, he has received notable awards, including the Mississippi University for Women Diversity and Inclusion Award and the Town and Tower Campus Service Award.
Dr. Stockton's passion for music education, his dedication to choral performance, and his commitment to research make him an influential figure in the world of choral music. With his extensive experience in teaching, conducting, and research, he continues to enrich the musical landscape, shaping the future of choral music education and performance. He is married to his lovely wife Amy and they have a son Lee and daughter Molly.