Gary Packwood

Co-Music Director, Turn the Music Up


Recognized as an inspirational and motivational conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, Gary Packwood has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in 35 states.

Dr. Packwood is currently professor of music, program administrator and director of choral studies at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, conducts the MSU Singers and the Men of State, and serves as the coordinator of graduate music studies. The MSU Singers have performed at The White House for the Holidays Open House, on three successful European tours, at Louisiana ACDA State Conference, Southern Region ACDA Conference, and the Mississippi Music Educators Association/MS-ACDA State Conferences on three separate occasions.

A Lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Dr. Packwood is past president of the Southern Region of ACDA (2017-2019) and serves on the board for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He was President-Elect of the Alabama Choral Directors Association, and Repertoire & Standards Chair for Multicultural Music Perspectives for ACDA Southern Region. A member of the National Association of Music Educators: Music Educators National Conference Dr. Packwood served as Vice-President of the Higher Education Division for the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), and is also a member of the Texas Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Teachers of Singing.

In 2017 Santa Barbara Music Publishing began the Gary Packwood Choral Series, which features compositions that specialize in music for developing and advanced young voices. He also has additional music publications through Dr. Packwood has published articles in the Choral Journal, Teaching Music, the 2nd Edition of the AmeriGrove Dictionary, and a book chapter in GIA’s Publication of Conducting Men’s Choirs. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Dr. Packwood earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, the Master of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from Louisiana State University.