In 2010, Mary Collier Mims rejoined Southeast's Music faculty and is currently serving as Instructor of Music Education and Coordinator of Music Education.
Mims earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Music Education from Troy University in Alabama. Her post-graduate work in Voice and Music Education was at The University of Southern Mississippi and Florida State University. Mims holds lifetime certification in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music. Mims joined the Music faculty at Troy University in 1981 as "Assistant to the Music Department" and left in 1989 as an Assistant Professor of Music. In 1984, Troy's Phi Mu Alpha chapter honored Mims with "The Orpheus Award," recognizing her "contributions to music in America." While at Troy, Mims taught Voice, Piano, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, served as Opera Workshop Director, accompanied choral ensembles, performed leading roles in musicals, and played french horn in the university's Wind Ensemble.
In 1989, Mims moved to Cape Girardeau with her husband, Bruce, and their son, George Aplin. The Music Department needed a Voice teacher, and Mims was hired as an Instructor of Music. She held that position until 1992. Mims completed coursework for Missouri teacher certification at Southeast in 1992. From 1992-2009, Mims taught public school music in the Cape Girardeau (K-6, 8-9) and Nell Holcomb Districts (K-8). Her articles on classroom management, opera performance in the classroom, vocal health and student assessment, written from her perspective as a public school music teacher, were published in Teaching Music magazine and Music Educators Journal. In addition to her 30 years of teaching, Mims has an impressive performance repertoire of leading roles from opera, operetta, and musical theatre genres. She has been a featured soloist on numerous oratorio concerts with Southeast's Choral Union.
Mims is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and Missouri State Teachers Association.
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