Dr. Alan Raines is the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Chair of the Ensemble Division at Baylor University. A frequent clinician, Raines has guest conducted all-state and honor choirs, both professional and community choruses and given presentations in over 35 states. A recipient of the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Conducting at UCLA, Raines served as the Assistant Conductor of the Angeles Chorale while as a student of Donald Neuen. Prior appointments include Georgia State University and Stetson University.
Raines’ choirs have performed throughout the United States and Europe and have received invitations to perform for conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Raines’ professional engagements have taken him throughout most of the major cities in the United States, Canada and France and include guest appearances with the Moscow State University Concert Chorus, the London Virtuosi in Wells, U.K. and preparations for the Atlanta Symphony Chorus. He is the first American invited to guest conduct the Chonan City Choir and Orchestra in Chonan City, South Korea. Raines conducted Handel’s Messiah on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010 in Suzhou, China in celebration of the opening of one of the most important Christian churches in all of China – the Du Shu Lake Christian Church. This coming May, he will record the Duruflé Requiem with colleague Isabelle Demers and the A Cappella Choir, in Paris at St. Etienne du Mont – Duruflé’s church. It will be the first time an American choir has had the honor.
As Director of Choral Activities, Raines conducts the 64-voice, select A Cappella Choir and administrates the large and varied choral program at Baylor. Raines is a member of TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda and ACDA. He is the editor of the Baylor University College Choral Series with Morningstar Press. An active arranger, his publications of chansons and lieder are under the auspices of Alliance Music Publications, Inc., Walton Music and Colla Voce.
Raines resides in Waco with his wife Frances and their three sons, Lawson, Sanders, and Carter.