Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

Year Started at GC: 1996
Phone: 618.664.6561
Email: jeff.wilson@greenville.edu
Office Hours:

See office door.

Areas of Responsibility:

Oversight of the Department of Music; Directing Choral Activities; Teaching Voice, Conducting, Choral Rehearsal Techniques, GC Choir, Chamber Singers, and Choral Union

Education:

D.M.A. in Choral Conducting & Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.M. in Choral Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.MUS. in Piano, Augustana College (Rock Island, IL)

Jeffrey S. Wilson serves as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Greenville College. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois) and earned both the Master of Music degree in choral music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Wilson has studied conducting and choral literature with Chet Alwes, Donald Morrison, Helmuth Rilling, Fred Stoltzfus, and David Willcocks.

Wilson became the fifth conductor of the Greenville College Choir in August 1996. Before moving to Greenville, he taught at Augustana College and in the Riverdale Community School District (Port Byron, Illinois). He has extensive experience as a church musician and has traveled throughout the Midwestern and Northwestern United States, as well as Western and Eastern Europe, as a concert vocalist and accompanist. In addition to his duties as conductor of the Greenville College Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Greenville Choral Union, Dr. Wilson currently teaches voice, conducting, and choral techniques. While on sabbatical during the spring of 2012, he was visiting professor of music at Hope Africa University (Burundi, Africa). Dr. Wilson is in demand as a guest conductor for both educational festivals and professional ensembles and also serves as Organist and Director of the Sanctuary Choir at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.

 

About Jeff Wilson

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I love the various music-making, teaching and mentoring opportunities that I have with students from nearly every discipline at GC. I work with three choirs on a regular basis, and enjoy learning, teaching and performing in a variety of choral and instrumental musical styles both on and off campus. Our College Choir and Chamber Singers tour each year, both inside the US and overseas. I also teach voice, conducting, choral techniques and worship arts classes. These interactions with students (oftentimes from their freshmen through their senior years) allow me to assist them develop as young men and women of faith during a critical time in their lives. Watching them graduate from GC and go on to graduate schools, careers and oftentimes unique ministries around the world never ceases to amaze me. I regard working at Greenville College as a high calling and a unique privilege.

What attracted you to the Music Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

My music instructors asked me to accompany choirs at both church and school, and at age 13 I became the church organist and adult choir accompanist. I also played sports throughout my high school years, but when I attended college I decided to try music as a major. After experimenting with several areas of study (i.e. organ, voice, piano, composition and accompanying) I eventually discovered that I particularly enjoyed conducting choirs since it allowed me to pursue my diverse musical interests while working with groups of people.
In addition to having served as a musician and worship leader in a local church during most of my lifetime, I enjoy teaching voice, organ and piano lessons to community members of various ages. I have been asked to be a guest conductor, teacher, vocalist and accompanist for music festivals and conferences in the US. I've also been blessed to travel in Europe on a number of music and missions trips.

 

 

Publications and Presentations

Guest Conductor - American Kantorei (St. Louis, MO - April 2014;  Kingsbury Ensemble (St. Louis, MO - April 2013; Illinois Music Educators Association - Various District High School Chorus Festivals

Professional Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Illinois Choral Directors Association (IL-ACDA)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA)

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