|D.M.A.||Conducting||University of North Texas School of Music||1986|
|M.M.||Choral Conducting||Indiana University School of Music||1981|
|B.S.||Music Education||Texas Women’s University||1979|
Dr. Jan Hanson, Professor of Music, is the conductor of the USAO Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble. Dr. Hanson teaches coursework in Music History and Literature, Conducting and Music Methods. She is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the area. In addition to her choral work, Dr. Hanson enjoys music directing stage works, including dozens of USAO, community and regional music theatre productions, most recently, “Songs from a New World”. As a collaborative artist, she accompanies performers on the piano, organ and harpsichord.
Dr. Hanson’s former students are employed as public school music teachers, music ministers and private instructors throughout the state. A number of her students successfully completed graduate degrees and are national board-certified music instructors. Dr. Hanson established and organized several initiatives with area schools, from elementary through collegiate. She hosted the inaugural USAO Music Teacher Alumni Festival in March 2019, featuring USAO teachers and their choirs in a joint performance.
Her greatest joys are her two daughters, Erin, a Texas band director, and Mallory, a social worker in the Dallas area. Dr. Hanson is grateful for the opportunity to teach: it is a privilege to serve in the profession.