Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

John Perkins

Dr. John Perkins joins Butler University as the Associate Director of Choral Activities and an Assistant Professor of Music. His teaching at Butler includes conducting the Butler University Choir and the newly created Butler Women's Choir, teaching Aural Skills I, and co-teaching Graduate Choral Conducting Seminar.


He previously taught at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and developed the country's first music program in higher education. There he directed the university's choral program, taught music theory courses, and other courses such a team-taught, interdisciplinary course on Symbolist music and poetry.  In 2010, he founded the Nassim Al Saba Choir, which was the first Arabic, four-part choir in the Arabian Gulf region. This unique ensemble aimed at building bridges between Arab and non-Arab countries, and, performed extensively in the UAE and internationally (New York City, Indonesia, and Jordan).  


As a guest clinician, Dr. Perkins has given choral and conducting masterclasses in the United Arab Emirates, USA, Indonesia, Oman, Lebanon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research and professional contributions include, presentations, articles, and arrangements concerning Arabic choral music, cross-cultural initiatives, the choral works of Lili Boulanger, music of the Symbolist (Belle Époque) era, conducting technique, and collaborative music projects.  Perkins's new choral/orchestral arrangement of Lili Boulanger's Psaume 130, Du fond de l'abîme and Arabic choral arrangements have been internationally premiered.  


Originally hailing from Titusville, New Jersey, Perkins holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Arizona (Tucson), a master's degree in choral conducting, from Temple University (Philadelphia), and a bachelor's degree in theory and composition from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton). He and his wife, Emily, have two children, Lili Amna, and, Noah Ameen.