Dr. Bradley Almquist was appointed the Director of Choral Activities at Murray State University in 1993. He received a Bachelor and Master’s degree in music education from the University of North Dakota and was awarded the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting by Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
Choirs conducted by Dr. Almquist have performed for the Kentucky Choral Directors Association (1994, 2000), the Kentucky Music Educators Association (1995, 2004, 2007, 2008), the MENC Southern Division Convention (1997), ACDA Southern Division Convention (2002, 2006) and the MENC National Convention (2002). In addition they were honored to perform the Raymond Brock Memorial Commission at the 2006 Southern Division ACDA convention.
Dr. Almquist is the recipient of the 2002 Murray State University Board of Regents Teaching Excellence award, the 2002 MSU College of Humanities and Fine Arts Award for Creative/Scholarly Activity, and the 2005, 2009 MSU College of Humanities and Fine Arts Award for Outstanding Service. He was honored at the 2004 Summer KyACDA convention with the Robert K. Baar Award for choral excellence. In 2006 he received the first Charles and Marleen Johnson Outstanding Music Faculty Award at Murray State University. He was honored with the award again in 2011.
In addition to his university responsibilities Dr. Almquist conducts the Paducah Symphony Chorus, the Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus and the Marshall County Children’s Chorus. He is a member of MENC, CMS, ACDA and is Vice-President of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association and President-Elect of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.