Theodore Hicks is the director of choral activities and voice area coordinator at Anderson University. He is also the musical director of the Greater Indianapolis Chapter, Circle City Sound, and sings lead in the 2015 International Champion Quartet, Instant Classic. He has a wide range of teaching experience, having taught K-12 choral and general music throughout his public school teaching career. Theodore also has several years of college teaching experience in ear training and sight-singing, conducting, and directing choral ensembles. At Anderson University, he teaches advanced choral conducting, secondary choral methods, voice lessons, and conducts the AU Chorale, Vola Voce (formerly “Women’s Chorus”), and Vox Corvus (formerly “Valley Voices”).
Internationally, Theodore has taught conducting, voice, and vocal health to organizations and ensembles around the world, including Barbershop in Germany’s (BinG!) Harmony Academy in 2019, Barbershop Harmony Australia’s (BHA) Harmony Academy in 2018, and the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) Directors Academy in 2015. He has also served on the faculty of Harmony University (of the BHS) for several years in Nashville, Tennessee.
As an active composer and arranger, Theodore has written music for ensembles all over the world. Many of his arrangements have been premiered and performed by top choruses and quartets at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s (BHS) International Competitions. His arrangements are published by Hal Leonard, BHS, Sheet Music Plus, and Theo Hicks Music. His composition of I carry your heart with me won the Best Original Composition at Anderson University’s Concerto/Aria Competition in 2009, and his most recent composition, The Glade, was premiered by the Ball State University Chamber Choir in 2019.
He holds active memberships in professional organizations with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the College Music Society (CMS). He currently serves on the Indiana Choral Directors Association (ICDA) board as the repertoire and resources chair for Men’s Choir and has presented numerous times at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Conference and the ICDA Summer Conference. Circle City Sound was also a featured performer at the 2019 ICDA Summer Conference, and Instant Classic has been a featured performer at the 2017 IMEA Conference.
Theodore lives in Indiana with his wife Laura and their daughter, Nora.
DA, Choral Conducting & Voice Performance, Ball State University (anticipated 2023)
MM, Choral Conducting, Ball State University
BM, Music Education, Anderson University