Alan Alder

Alan Alder

Instructor of Music

Director of University Singers


Room:MU 123

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 Alder’s direction, the Ball State University Singers won the gold medal (the highest level awarded) 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 (the highest level awarded) at the Xinghai International Choral Championships in Guangzhou China. 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, 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, Alder was the doctoral recipient of Ball State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding teaching, innovation and leadership.

Alder is a sought after adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and arranger for choirs and bands throughout the nation. Alan Alder also serves on the board of directors for the Celebration Entertainment Academy in La Verne, CA. Alder’s performing and teaching activities have taken him to the continents of Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.