Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral and Vocal Activities
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Office: Fine Arts 323
Dr. Irene Messoloras is an enthusiastic musician and teacher, dedicated to inspiring musicians and audiences through a determined passion for musical excellence. A native of New York, Messoloras maintains an active career as a highly sought after music educator, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Her ensembles have delivered meaningful and inspirational performances across the United States and on the international stage in both Europe and in Asia, appearing in multiple festivals and competitions receiving superior ratings and top awards.
Before coming to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Messoloras served as Director of Choral Activities at Gonzaga University where she was the head of the vocal music and choral studies program. Messoloras has also served on the music faculty of Santa Monica Community College, and was the Director of Choral Activities at Malibu High School for eight years in southern California. She has taught courses in conducting, choral methods, music in the humanities, as well as diction and vocal pedagogy. In 2008 she debuted as the youngest professional musician to be appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor with the Angeles Chorale, the largest community chorus in the Los Angeles area.
Most recently Messoloras held the position of Conductor-in-Residence with MidAmerica Productions in New York City, and served as guest conductor in the International Choral Festival of the Aegean, July 2011.
Dr. Messoloras received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She is an active member of ACDA, OMEA, and is currently completing her postdoctoral studies on choral folk music of the Aegean.