The American choral conductor and music pedagogue, Donald Oglesby, received his Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern College, his Master of Music degree in musicology from the University of Illinois, and his Doctor of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University, where he concentrated in conducting.
Donald Oglesby is one of the original founders of the Miami Bach Sociey and its Artistic Director. He is Professor of Choral Music at the University of Miami for 30 years. He is also Director of Choral Music at Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove. He has been president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and also the Miami chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Kappa Phi honor societies. In December 1989, his performance of George Frideric Handel’ s Messiah was broadcast nationally on Christmas Day. Under Oglesby’s direction the University of Miami Collegium Musicum and the Plymouth Church Choir have toured the eastern USA, Great Britain and Europe.
Donald Oglesby serves on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal and has served three terms as Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors' Association. He is the author of the Bach Cantata Data Base, Score Preparation: A Study Guide for Conducting Students, A Guide to the Bach Cantatas, and articles in the Choral Journal. He has worked at the Center for Baroque Music in Versailles, France. He translated editorial notes for an edition of grand motets by Rameau, published by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in 2006, and is currently working on an anthology of Martin Luther’s music.