Faculty Highlight: Dr William Green – Dean of Lee’s School Of Music

Q:  Tell us a little about yourself – Such as where you are from, your educational background, musical experience, etc!

A: I am originally from the Atlanta GA area. I lived in the metro Atlanta area most of my life until I went away to college. I graduated from Lee College in 1981 with a degree in music education but when right into local church ministry rather than teaching in the public school system. During my first church job in Buford GA, I started a masters program at Georgia State University in choral conducting.  Also while in Buford, I started singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and was later a member of the ASOC Chamber Choir. I was able to work with Robert Shaw, one of the most revered choral conductors of the last century. Later in my doctoral work at the University of Kentucky I did my dissertation on Mr. Shaw’s choral techniques.

Q: What brought you to Lee University, and what classes do you teach here?

A: I came to Lee after completing the coursework for my DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky.  While in Kentucky I had the privilege of working with Dr. Jefferson Johnson. The idea of coming back to Lee had always been in the back of my mind. After completing my master’s degree at Georgia State, I did some part-time teaching at Lee and fell in love with teaching at the university level.

Q: How does being a Christian musician impact your life?

A: Being a Christian impacts every facet of your life, but especially music, in that it is so personal, and closely tied to us emotionally. Since I am a choral musician much of the material available to me is from the canon of sacred choral literature. Then not only do you have the artistic side of music but also the religious foundation of scripture or other religious writings. Of course, there are many other styles and options in choral music, and I enjoy them as well. I see excellence in music of any genre to be an expression of who I am in Christ.

Q: This is your 10th year as Dean of Lee’s School of Music, what have you seen change over that time? What are your hopes for the school’s future?

“One of the first projects I got to be a part of was the building of the stone chapel at Lee.  As a matter of fact, I have a photo of the chapel in my office to remind me of those first years.”

– Dr William Green

A: One of the first projects I got to be a part of was the building of the stone chapel at Lee. As a matter of fact, I have a photo of the chapel in my office to remind me of those first years. As I came directly from the faculty to this position, the learning curve was steep and I was so thankful for a supportive and forgiving faculty that let me learn on the job. Over the ten years we have seen expansion of our facilities and expansion of our programs. Now, it feels that we have become more balanced, increasing our student majors in music and worship and music business specifically. Music business and commercial music, in my opinion, will be a significant path for growth in the School of Music over the next 5 years. With the opening of the recording studio in August, I see great opportunities.

Q: What would you say (or what advice would you give) to a prospective student who is looking to audition for our music school?

A: Take a careful look at the requirements for auditioning on your instrument/voice on our website http://www.leeumusicconnect.com. It is important to pick selections that can help the faculty accurately evaluate your skill level and project a plan of study for you. If you have questions about this, reach out to Nick Tomasello for clarification or ask him to connect you with a faculty member in your area that can help you decide on appropriate selections for the audition. A few lessons with a private teacher before your audition can do wonders for your confidence and preparation. This might be a high school band director, orchestra director, or choir teacher. They can help you polish up your pieces to be most prepared for the audition.

Q: Any favorite memories of your music career?

A: There have been many, but I must say leading the Lee University Festival Choir at the inauguration of the President of the United States in 2013 is a memory I will never forget.

Dr. Green is now in his 10th year of being the Dean of our School Of Music and life wouldn’t be the same without him! The school’s community has been constantly cultivated to steward excellence under his leadership and there has been so much growth. Thank you, Dr Green for all you have poured into our department!

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