School of Music

Dale Lonis

Dr. Dale Lonis has spent a lifetime leading others by conducting, coaching and teaching. Building on his considerable talents as a performing musician and athlete, he became a highly successful public school music teacher, coach, university professor, and international symphonic conductor. He then pursued his passion for the psychology of learning and musical practice earning a Doctoral Degree with extensive research in how humans learn and perceive the world around them.

Dr. Lonis uses humor, high-energy delivery, and passion to share his values, knowledge and skills in the pursuit of beauty, excellence and highest levels of achievement. His extensive research in the psychology of learning, trust building and the development of the elements of success in individuals are the basis of his work as a leader, consultant and personal coach. These endeavors have enabled him to actively pursue the training and mentoring of leaders and identifying the greatness in each person to maximize their success. With Ardith Haley, he is the co-founder and program leader of the highly rigorous Distance Learning Master's Degree in Curriculum Studies with a Music Emphasis at Acadia University having just started its fifth cohort of 20 students making it the largest and most successful program in Canada. In January Ardith and Dale will launch the first cohort of the Distance Learning Master's Degree in International Music Pedagogies at Western Australia University.

Dr. Lonis continues to conduct, consult and teach throughout North and South America, Israel, and Asia. He shares his considerable musical talents combined with extensive research and practical study with noted 20th century pedagogical icons and conductors to bring a unique perspective to each presentation he creates. These experiences include personal study with Benjamin Bloom, Charles Leonhard, and Bennett Reimer combined with hundreds of hours of rehearsal observation with the world’s top professional conductors including Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, and numerous others. His passion for the pursuit of excellence and the success of everyone with whom he works has been noted as one of his greatest qualities and has led to hundreds of stunning musical performances.

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Music Education


  • University of Illinois, Ed. D.
  • Nothwestern University, M.M.
  • University of Illinois, B.S.