• The 2020 Lee University Honor Choir will take place February 7-8. Below are the biographies for our 2020 Honor Choir conductors.

    Dr. Joshua Cheney

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    Joshua Cheney,
    Conductor

    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. Alison Mann

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    Alison Mann,
    Conductor

    Alison Mann is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Program Coordinator for Music Education at Kennesaw State University, where she teaches coursework in Choral Methods, Foundations of Music Education, and Vocal Pedagogy for Ensemble Singing. Mann also supervises student teachers, coordinates edTPA, and serves as Conductor of the KSU Women’s Choir.

    A native of Florida, Mann taught in the Orlando public schools as director of choral activities at William R. Boone High School and was also the assistant conductor of the Orlando Chorale. While in Orlando, choirs and soloists under her direction received top honors at the district and state levels.

    Dr. Mann received her Ph.D. in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, and a Masters of Choral Music Education and Bachelors of Choral Music Education from Florida State University. Dr. Mann has studied conducting and music education with André Thomas, Kevin Fenton, Sharon J. Paul, and Judy Bowers.

     Dr. Mann is currently the Southern Division ACDA Women’s Choir Repertoire and Standards chair, and the Georgia state ACDA Membership Chair. She serves on the executive planning committee for the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, Mann has served as the ACDA Multicultural and Ethics Repertoire and Standards Chair for the states of Georgia and Oregon and the Georgia Women’s Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair. The KSU Women’s Choir has performed on numerous occasions with the KSU Symphony Orchestra, and performed the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s composition, “How Soon” with Grammy award-winning ensemble, eighth blackbird. Additionally, they have particpated in the ACDA Women's Choir Consortium and premiered new works for the past four season. In 2014, they were selected to perform at the GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah. Her professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the International Society for Music Education. Her research has been presented at the state, regional, and international levels. Dr. Mann is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.

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