Dr. Jaime Spillane is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Connecticut where he directs the UConn Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting and choral literature classes. In 2013, the UConn School of Fine Arts awarded him the Outstanding New Scholar Award for his contributions to the school and department. Following recent highly acclaimed performances including Beethoven's Symphony #9 and the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem in 2015, Dr. Spillane and the UConn Concert Choir, UConn Symphony Orchestra, and Chorus Angelicus Children's Choir presented the world premiere of Steven Sametz's powerful new large work, A Child's Requiem. The work is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook tragedy and the premier performance was hailed as brilliant and outstanding.
A highly sought after festival conductor, Dr. Spillane has directed all state and honor choirs in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Indiana, North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and New York. He is also an active choral clinician and adjudicator working each year with choirs of all ages throughout the United States. Dr. Spillane is equally at home conducting large choral-orchestral masterworks and serious new choral music as he is with vocal jazz, show choir, a cappella groups, and world music.
Previously, Dr. Spillane was director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Roberts Wesleyan College and Iowa Wesleyan College where he was honored as the 2008 Chadwick Teacher of the Year. During his time in Iowa he was also Artistic Director of the Mt. Pleasant Chorale that often joined with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra under his direction to present works including: one of the first performances of Stephen Paulus' To Be Certain of the Dawn, and the notable masterworks of Maurice Durufle, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms.
Prior to his collegiate career, Dr. Spillane was chair of the Ledyard High School Music Department in Ledyard, Connecticut where he directed a choral program that grew from an inauspicious start with forty singers to a program of over four hundred singers performing in twelve award-winning choirs. These choirs performed throughout America and Europe and at state and division conventions of ACDA and MENC. Dr. Spillane's choirs have been heard at St. Stephen's and Salzburg Cathedrals in Austria, Notre Dame Cathedrals in Chartres and Paris, the Duomo in Florence, Salisbury, Coventry, Durham, and Chester Cathedrals in England, and Carnegie Hall.
Dr. Spillane holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, a Master of Music from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Music Arts from the University of Arizona where he directed the Symphonic Choir, the premier undergraduate vocal ensemble. He has also been very active in leadership roles of ACDA and MENC/NAfME. He is currently on the NAfME - National Advisory Board for Choral Music Education and is a Past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of ACDA.