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Mary Mims

Music Education
Office: River Campus Seminary  362

A graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Mary Collier Mims, Instructor of Music Education, returned to the Music Department in 2010.  She was Assistant Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama from 1982-1989, Instructor of Music at Southeast from 1989-1992, and taught public school music in Cape Girardeau (K-9) from 1992-2009.  Mims holds the lifetime Missouri teaching certification in K-12 Instrumental and Vocal Music and serves the department as Coordinator of Field Experiences. 

Ms. Mims earned her B.S. and M.S. of Music Education degrees at Troy State University and has done post-graduate study at the University of Southern Mississippi, Florida State University, and Southeast Missouri State.  She was awarded the 2014 Honors Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and is a past recipient of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Elementary Educator” Award.  Ms. Mims has had several publications in state, regional, and national professional journals on the topics of classroom management, live performance in the classroom, and assessment.

Ms. Mims has a rich history of vocal performance and is intimately familiar with opera, lied, chanson, and American art song repertoire.  A soprano, Mims has performed leading roles in opera, operetta,  and musical theatre including Gilda (“Rigoletto”), Marguerite (“Faust”), Maria (“Sound of Music”), Marian (“Music  Man”), Bloody Mary (“South Pacific”), Josephine (“H.M.S. Pinafore”),  Salome (“Robber Bridegroom”), Magnolia (“Showboat”), Miss Hannigan (“Annie”), Golde (“Fiddler on the Roof”), and her favorite role, Lalume (“Kismet”).  She has also been a featured soloist with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union in performances of “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” and “Ecce Cor Meum,” by Paul McCartney.  Mims collaborated with and premiered works for voice and piano by the American composer, Carl Vollrath. 

A member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Missouri Choral Directors Association, and Missouri Music Educators Association, Mims is a sought-after adjudicator, teacher, and advisor.  She has maintained an active private voice studio for 33 years and has placed students in district, regional, state, and national honor choirs.  She was commissioned by Southeast’s University Singers to arrange a setting of the Southern hymn tune, “The Babe of Bethlehem.”  Her original compositions for Orff instruments and voices have been performed on numerous concerts by students at Nell Holcomb School in Cape Girardeau.  Mims has also authored numerous original scripts for student performances including “Merry Christmas, Dr. Seuss,” “Commotion in the Ocean,” “Flights of Fancy,” “A Winter Fantasy,” and “Billy Bob’s Bodacious Bayou Bash.” 

Ms. Mims also finds times to assist students as a piano accompanist for noon recitals, juries, and master classes.  In her ‘spare’ time, she enjoys drawing and painting.  Her portait of the American author Ursula K. Le Guin won the “Patrons Favorite” award at her first public gallery exhibition.


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Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701