Kevin L. Coker is the Director of Choral Activities at Henderson State University where he conducts the University Chorale and the Concert Choir and teaches courses in conducting and music education.
Dr. Coker has 10 years of public school teaching experience and has taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
Prior to his appointment at HSU, Dr. Coker directed the University of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus from 2016-2018 and was the choral director at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas from 2010-2016. Choirs under his direction have performed at the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival (2013), the Kansas Music Educators State Conference (2014), the Southwestern American Choral Director’s Association Regional Conference (2016), and the American Music Festival in Rome and Florence, Italy (2016). Most recently, the University of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus was invited to perform at the 2018 Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus National Seminar in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Coker has presented research at state conferences in Kansas, Ohio, and Kentucky, regional ACDA conferences, and the NAfME National Conference. He has been published in the International Choral Bulletin, Teaching Music, and Florida Music Director. He is committed to the performance of new music and has commissioned works from numerous composers including Sydney Guillaume, Z. Randall Stroope, Josh Shank, Connor Koppin, and Samuel K. Sweet.
He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Belmont University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Coker has studied conducting with Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, André Thomas, and Deen Entsminger.
He currently lives in Arkadelphia with his beautiful wife, Becky, their daughter, Emma, and two golden retrievers, Cody and Abby.