Meet The Director 

Dr. Alan Alder

Alan Alder is a faculty member of the School of Music at Ball State University, where he serves as Producer/Director of the University Singers, Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors, and teaches Music History. Under Dr. Alder’s direction, the Ball State University Singers won the gold medal at the World Choir Games making them the World’s Number One Collegiate Entertainment Organization. In November of 2012, the University Singers also won the platinum medal at the Xinghai International Choral Championships in Guangzhou China, making them the most awarded collegiate entertainment group in competition history. Alder also serves on the faculty of Ivy Tech State College as a professor of Humanities. 


Alder holds the BME degree from Indiana State University, and the Master of Music and the Doctor of Arts in Choral Conducting from Ball State University, where his research is focused on high school choral directors and their perceptions of the impact of their teaching and administrative practices on their students’ success in learning and performance. In December 2011, he was the doctoral recipient of Ball State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding teaching, innovation and leadership.


Dr. Alder is a sought-after adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and arranger for choirs and bands throughout the nation, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Celebration Entertainment Academy in La Verne, CA. His performing and teaching activities have taken him to the continents of Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. He has conducted and performed with artists such as Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty, Broadway’s Eden Espinosa, Doc Severinsen, and jazz legends J.J. Johnson, and Jiggs Whigham. Alder has co-authored the book titled The Show Choir Handbook, released by Rowman & Littlefield in June of 2016.