Department of Music

The University of Mississippi

Faculty Profiles

Debra Spurgeon

Dr. Debra Spurgeon holds a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma where she was a recipient of the Benton Schmidt Voice Award; a master of music education from the University of Arkansas; and a bachelor of music education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Dr. Spurgeon has held several leadership roles in the American Choral Directors Association, and from 2007-2010 she served as the National Chair for Women’s Choirs Repertoire and Standards with the American Choral Directors Association. She was president of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and president-elect of the Southwestern Division of ACDA before moving to Ole Miss in 2001. Dr. Spurgeon’s numerous articles have appeared in the Choral Journal, Teaching Music, The Journal of Singing, and The Journal of Music Teacher Education. She is the editor, compiler, and co-author of the 2012 GIA publication Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success, which features the writing of many conductors and composers.

An active soprano soloist, her choral/orchestral solo work includes the Bach Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Heiligmesse, Fauré Requiem, Honneger King David, Rutter Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers, Handel’s Messiah. She is a frequent soloist with the Ole Miss choral groups and the Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble.