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Dr. Gloria Quinlan

Gloria Harrison Quinlan, a native of Houston, Texas, received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Southern University, the Master of Music in Voice from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Doctor of Musical Art degree in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin. She has significant experience in teaching voice, conducting choirs, and was head of the music department on the college and university level. After a position as Assistant Professor of Music at Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was Associate Professor of Music and Director of choirs at the University of the Virgin Islands. Later she became Chairperson of the Music Department at The University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Presently, Dr. Quinlan is Professor of Music and Chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Department at Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas.

Dr. Quinlan has enjoyed success as a performer, in opera, as a soloist with ensembles, and as a recitalist, throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Significant performances include: soprano soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Caribbean Chorale and Puerto Rico Symphony; soprano soloist with the Austin Civic Chorus and Austin Singers Chorus in performances of the Brahms Requiem. Her Opera Roles include: “Santuzza” in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, the “Countess” in Mozart’s LeNozze di Figaro, “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni, and “Baby Doe” in The Ballad of Baby Doe by Moore/LaTouche as well as the Musical role of “Maria” in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

She also is conductor for Huston-Tillotson University’s Concert Choir that performs locally and throughout the country. The choir has sung for Presidents Jummie Carter and George W. Bush. Dr. Quinlan was afforded the honor of organizing and conducting the choir that sang for the “Lady Bird Johnson” funeral service. Recently, the HT Concert choir to the Caribbean for a performance tour in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

She has studied voice with Ruth Stewart, Martha Deatherage, and Larry Day and has coached with Gerard Souzay of Paris, the late Darryl Hobson-Byrd and the late David Garvey.

Honors include Danforth Compton Fellowship, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, and a Graduate Scholarship Award from General Conference, Seventh Day Adventist Church. She also received the Fine Arts Award as an Outstanding Music Educator by the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Beta Chapter. She was also featured in the December 2007 Issue of the Austin Woman Magazine. In March 2008, Dr. Quinlan was honored by the Austin Metroplex Chapter National Women of Achievement, Inc as an outstanding achiever in Fine Arts.

She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Music Educators National Conference (MENC).


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Role: Professor of Music
Phone: 512.505.3121
Office: J-M 219