SMD is proud to sponsor a ready by Gary Packwood on July 17, 2017 at the Kentucky ACDA Summer Conference. Gary Packwood is an associate professor and serves as the Program Administrator and Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi State University, where he oversees all administrative aspects in the choral area and conducts the Women of State, Men of State, and the MSU Singers. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Packwood served in similar positions at Louisiana State University and the University of Montevallo. Dr. Packwood has conducted all-state and festival honor choirs in 27 states, Asia, Europe, and South America. Ensembles under his leadership have performed in Carnegie Hall, The White House, throughout Paris, Austria, and The Czech Republic, as well as during state, regional, and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). A Lifetime member of ACDA, he was President-elect of ACDA-Alabama and is currently the President for Southern Division-ACDA chapter. Dr. Packwood is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda. He has written Choral Review articles for the Choral Journal and his own articles have been published in MENC’s journal, Teaching Music, and the 2nd Edition of the AmeriGrove Dictionary. Learn more about featured composers Dan Davison, Reginal Wright and John Michael Trotta.