Faculty & Staff

Amy Kotsonis, Ph. D.
UNI Singers & Women's Chorus
Assistant Professor of Choral Ensembles and Music Education

Amy Kotsonis is Assistant Professor of Choral Ensembles and Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where she conducts UNI Singers and the Women’s Chorus.  She also teaches conducting and choral methods at UNI, and is the Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Chorale in the Cedar Valley. She has previously served as Assistant Conductor, Director of Workshops, and Satellite School Teacher for the Young People's Chorus of New York City.

An active clinician, Kotsonis has directed choral workshops and conducted festivals throughout Florida, the Midwest, New England, and New York City.  She is an active member of state and national organizations and has presented at state, national and international conferences.  Kotsonis has served as Artistic Director of Soho Voce and Assistant Conductor of the Soharmoniums in New York City, has previously taught in public schools in New York City and Boston, and serves as conductor and instructor at the Summer Youth Music School at the University of New Hampshire.  She is also an active church musician, having served in a variety of churches in Maine, New Hampshire and Florida.

Kotsonis completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Choral Conducting and Music Education at Florida State University.  She is also a graduate the University of New Hampshire with a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting and Music History, and New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.

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Concert Chorale, Cantorei, & UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club
Associate Professor of Choral Conducting

John Len Wiles is Associate Professor of Choral Conducting at UNI where he conducts Concert Chorale, the Varsity Men's Glee Club, and Cantorei. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate students in choral conducting and choral literature and serves as the Artistic Director of the Northern Iowa Bach Cantata Series and vox peregrini. Prior to his appointment at UNI, he was Lecturer and Fellow of Conducting and Ensembles at The University of Texas at Austin. His choirs have toured extensively internationally and can be heard on the CENTAUR Record Label and MARK RECORDS. An active clinician, he has worked with colleges, high schools, and middle schools across the United States. He is the recipient of the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, and The University of Texas Exes Outstanding Teaching Award. His research is published by the Choral Scholar and he has presented his work at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention.

Wiles completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to UT, he received Master of Music, Master of Divinity, and Bachelor of Music degrees at Baylor University.