Milt Pullen was born and reared in Texas, earning his music degrees in music education and conducting from Texas A&M University, Kingsville and from the University of Houston School of Music where he was mentored by the highly acclaimed artistic director of choirs, Ray Moore. Before joining the faculty at Pepperdine University, Malibu in 1995, Pullen directed award-winning high school programs in Texas for 24 years, teaching for the majority of the time in the Clear Creek Independent School District. In 1978-1979, Pullen was the conductor of the University of Houston at Clear Lake City Community Orchestra. He also served on the faculty of Abilene Christian University for six years as an associate professor of music and director of choral activities. Pullen’s choirs have performed for the Texas Music Educators Association, the California Music Educators Association and the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. He is a former state vocal chairman and past-president of the Texas Music Educators Association. In the fall of 2005 Pullen was awarded the highly coveted Howard A. White Excellence in Teaching Award, Pepperdine University. In the summer of 2010 he was presented with the Texas Choirmaster Award, the highest honor conferred by the Texas Choral Directors Association.
After 45 years of teaching Pullen has left the schoolhouse but has never acquired full retirement. He continues to serve as an adjudicator and clinician for numerous high school choirs and honor choirs, presents his “Face the Music” seminars in churches all over the southwest and contributes to the work of sharing music in a community forum both in Colorado and in Texas.