• The 2019 Lee University Honor Choir will take place February 8-9. Below are the biographies for our 2019 Honor Choir conductors.

    Dr. Joshua Cheney

    Joshua Cheney
    Joshua Cheney,

    Joshua Cheney, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University in Cleveland,Tennessee. At Lee he conducts Choral Union, and beginning in the spring of 2019, the Men’s Chorale. Joshua is responsible for teaching conducting, choral rehearsal techniques, and choral literature as well as the management of the graduate choral conducting program.

    Joshua performs with Coro Vocati, a professional choral ensemble based in Atlanta, Georgia. Previous appointments include the Assistant Director of Music and Worship at the First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Choral Music Educator at John M Morehead High School in Eden, North Carolina, and Choral Music Educator at Harnett Central Middle School in Angier, North Carolina.

    Joshua holds the BA in Music Education from Campbell University, the MM in Choral Conducting and Church Music from Mercer University, and the DMA in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. He and his wife Rebekah reside in Cleveland,Tennessee.

    Dr. William R. Green

    William R. Green
    William R. Green,
    Professor of Music,
    Dean of the School of Music

    William R. Green is the Dean of the School of Music at Lee University, where he oversees a broad program of undergraduate and graduate music degrees with dedicated study in performance, music education, church music, and music business. As a Professor of Music, he also conducts the Lee University Chorale and the Lee University Festival Choir and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky and the Master of Music from Georgia State University. Green performed and recorded with Robert Shaw as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. The impact of this musical experience led Green to doctoral research on Shaw’s techniques on rhythm and phrasing, specifically in relation to the works of J.S. Bach.

    In addition to his work with Shaw, Green has collaborated with many of the leading conductors of our time, including John Rutter, Yoel Levi, Z. Randall Stroope, Ann Howard Jones, and Jefferson Johnson. He has led performances of many of the major works for chorus and orchestra, including Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart and Fauré, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and the works of Bach, Britten, Poulenc, Vivaldi, and Schubert, among others. Ruth Cartridge of the Chattanooga Pulse said, “Green’s touch with the waves of sound in Brahms was simply lovely. There is an aura of suppressed energy in his pianissimos that would make many choral directors envious.”

    He is active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, most recently working with choirs from Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He has presented workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Central America and Israel.

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