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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 lifetime Missouri teaching certification in K-12 Instrumental and Vocal Music and serves the department as Coordinator of Field Experiences and Dual-Faculty representative to the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Ms. Mims earned her B.S. and M.S. of Music Education degrees at Troy University in Alabama and has completed 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 is also a recipient of Phi Mu Alpha’s “Orpheus Award.” Mims has been published in state, regional, and national professional journals on the topics of classroom management, live performance in the classroom, and assessment. She serves as Co-Director of the Regional Arts Collaborative, a group of professional educators focused on bringing opportunities for professional development to Fine Arts classroom teachers.

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, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Missouri Choral Directors Association, and Missouri Music Educators Association, Mims is a sought-after adjudicator, accompanist, and advisor. She has maintained an active private voice studio for 34 years and has placed students in district, regional, state, and national honor choirs.


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Department of Music
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701