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Monte Atkinson

Director of Vocal Ensembles, Professor of Music

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Moss Performing Arts Center 126



DMA, University of Illinois

MM, University of Illinois

BFA, Utah State University

AS, Snow College-Utah


Monte Atkinson, DMA, is Director of Choral Activities and a Professor of Music at Colorado Mesa University, and has been since 1985. Atkinson teaches Choral Literature, Ear Training and Sightsinging and Advanced Conducting.

Here at CMU, Atkinson leads an active choral area, oversees choral music education and conducts the Colorado Mesa University Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and new Vocal Jazz ensemble. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Denver Chamber Orchestra, Mexico National Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, annually with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and frequently with the CMU Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the CMU Chamber Choir in performance throughout the United States and Canada, Europe and Great Britain.

Atkinson also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Western Colorado Chorale, a 45-voice semi-professional choral ensemble he founded in 1985. In addition, as Chorus Master for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Atkinson has prepared many of the great choral works for the symphony's annual masterworks concert.

Prior to his appointment at CMU, Atkinson served on the choral faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In 1999, Atkinson was honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at Colorado Mesa University. In February 2008, Atkinson made his debut as guest conductor in Carnegie Hall and was invited back in 2010 to guest conduct the New England Symphonic Orchestra and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall. A long-time member of the American Choral Directors Association, Atkinson is married to flautist Gail Patten Atkinson and continues to be in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor.