Directors


Richard Waters, D.M.A. | Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music | email
Conductor: Koros (TTBB), University Singers (SATB)


Jill Campbell, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Music Education | email
Conductor: EnChor (SSAA)


Richard Waters
is Director of Choral Activities, Voice Area Coordinator, and Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University, where he directs University Singers (SATB) and Koros (TTBB), teaches courses in conducting and choral literature, and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform at the ACDA Southern Division Conference (Memphis, 2010), the Kentucky Music Educators Association state conference (2016, 2021, 2022), and the Mississippi ACDA/MMEA state conference (2007, 2011). His choirs have performed in many notable national and international venues, including Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, York Minster, Salzburg Cathedral, and have toured throughout England, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Ireland. Dr. Waters was the 2022 recipient of the Robert K. Baar Choral Excellence Award, presented annually by Kentucky ACDA in recognition of service to the choral art and dedication to the promotion of music education in the state. He was voted College/University Teacher of the Year for KMEA District 11 in 2012 and 2016, and received Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards from the EKU Student Government Association in 2016 and 2017. From 2003-2011, he was Director of Choral Activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where he received the 2008 DSU Foundation Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Waters maintains an active schedule as a composer, clinician, and adjudicator. His compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music, Colla Voce Music, Hinshaw Music, MusicSpoke, and St. James Music Press, and have been performed at numerous conferences, festivals, and honor choirs. He currently serves as Repertoire-Specific Coordinator for Kentucky ACDA; he has previously served as College/University R&R Chair for Southern Division and Mississippi ACDA and Poster Session Coordinator for three national conferences.
In addition to his university responsibilities, Dr. Waters conducts the annual Stephen Foster Summer Music Camp High School Choir and is the Chancel Choir Director at First Christian Church in Richmond, Kentucky. A lifelong church musician, he has previously served Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches in Connecticut, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia. He has served as Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir (Lexington, KY), Conductor of the Madison Singers (Richmond, KY), Artistic Director of The Mississippi Chorus, Assistant Conductor of the Choral Society of Greensboro, conductor of the UNCG Men’s Glee Club, and taught high school and middle school choir in the Virginia public schools. While in Hartford, he sang in CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the region’s first all-professional choir. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he began singing as a treble in the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys. 

Dr. Waters received the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from James Madison University, the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Hartt School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has studied conducting with William Carroll, Richard Coffey, David Watkins, Michael Yachanin, and Welborn Young, and has conducted in master classes led by Rodney Eichenberger, Dennis Keene, and Doreen Rao. He holds memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. For more information, visit www.richardwaters.net.


Jill Campbell
currently serves as Associate Professor of Vocal Music Education at Eastern Kentucky University. At EKU, Dr. Campbell directs the treble choir, EnChor, teaches classes in music education, and works with student teachers. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kentucky where she studied choral and general music education. She completed BMME in vocal music education, a minor in violin performance, an MM in choral conducting, and a Rank 1 in Music Education. Additionally, she earned the Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk. Dr. Campbell has experience teaching at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels, and has worked in community and church music. Dr. Campbell was a founding director of the Lexington Singers Children's Choir and conducted with them for eight seasons. She is a singer with and the assistant director of the Kentucky Bach Choir and personally performs many genres of music.

Dr. Campbell is a frequent guest adjudicator and clinician for district and all-state honor choirs. She has presented clinics and workshops in numerous states on topics of music education, church choir leadership, vocal health, performance-based assessment, dyslexia and music reading, and sight singing. She currently is on the editorial board for the International Federation of Choral Music as the National American Choral Directors Association representative and is the state research chair for Kentucky Music Educators Association. Recent invitations include the honor of presenting at the 2024 Southern Division ACDA Conference, presenting at the 2024 KMEA conference, and directing EnChor at the 2024 KMEA conference. She will be teaching in Salzburg, Austria in the summer of 2024 with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and will also be teaching at the 2024 PODIUM conference, the national choral conference of Canada.

In her spare time, Dr. Campbell serves as a ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church, Lexington and works with many groups there. She is a member of the Lexington NAACP Chapter #3097. Jill is married to Mickey and is the proud mom of Andrew and Nathan. They live in Lexington, KY with their beloved cats, Mama and Thunder.