Tullahoma High School has named its new choir director.

At the most recent meeting of the Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education, THS Assistant Principal Greg English announced the school had selected Dr. Gary P. Wilson as its new choral director.

Wilson is currently a professor at Lipscomb University.

According to his bio page at Lipscomb, Wilson is the director of choral and vocal studies. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Harding University and Baylor University and he is the “first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”

Wilson is a member of several music education organizations and societies, including the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the National Collegiate Choral Conductors Organization and Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society.

Throughout his career, Wilson has performed in multiple venues throughout the United States and Europe; he also founded the Lipscomb Men’s Choral Festival, an annual event that brings high school singers together for a performance of “men’s choral literature, including the premiere of a newly commissioned work.”

Wilson authored a book in 2004 about American composer Edward MacDowell, titled “A Conductor’s Analysis of Edward MacDowell’s Choral Music.” The book earned Wilson a 2005 nomination from the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral research.

 

THS role

According to English, Wilson’s addition to the Wildcat team not only brings a new choir director to the high school, but also another Advanced Placement (AP) class.

English said Wilson will begin offering an AP music theory class to interested students.

Part of Wilson’s role at THS will be to work with both the high school and middle school choirs in order to create more of a family atmosphere among the choirs.

The goal, according to school officials, is to create a cumulative choir program not unlike the current band program, which spans grades 6-12.

THS Principal Kathy Rose said having someone of Wilson’s caliber could lead to great moves for the choir program.

“With the raw talent we’ve got, I can’t imagine how far he can take us,” she said. “I’m just really excited that things worked out for us to get someone of his caliber, and I think he’s going to give us a rebirth [of our choir program].”

Wilson is currently studying abroad in Europe. When asked for comment on the new job, he deferred to a later interview once he returns from his studies.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.