School of Music


Dr. James Stegall James Stegall

Office Location: 200 Sallee Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1378
Title: Professor, Choral Activity
Visit: WIU Choirs

James Stegall is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Western Illinois University. The Illinois Music Educators Association recently honored Dr. Stegall with the “Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence” at their All-State Conference in Peoria, Illinois. Described as a vibrant, energetic conductor, he develops enthusiasm in his students through effective communication both in the classroom and on the podium. His natural approach to voice and conducting supports artistic singing while encouraging vocal health. Through juried application, his Western Illinois University Singers have appeared at over 18 professional music conferences at the state, regional and national levels and also on professional venues with the Kansas City Symphony, the Peoria Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, Dallas Brass, and with jazz artist Nneena Frelon.

Dr. Stegall has received international attention through his Western Illinois University “First Year Experience” project, Nature and Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary Choral Concert presented at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii and also for 52 Years of Song: The music of American master composer Kirke Mechem for the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He makes frequent appearances as a guest conductor, All-State clinician and lecturer on vocal production, choral conducting and motivation throughout the country.

Dr. Stegall is a member of the College Music Society, The Society for American Music, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Illinois Music Educators Association and is a founding member of Southwest and Midwest Liederkranz. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A.) and Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M. / M.A.).