John Robert Hall is the Director of Bethel University's LEGACY. He is also the founding conductor of Bethel's RENAISSANCE. He holds the baccalaureate and master's degrees from Morehead State University in Kentucky, and did doctoral study at the University of Mississippi. He has done additional graduate and special study at George Peabody College in Nashville, TN, Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, Dartmouth College Amos Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH, The George Washington University in DC, and at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. John studied audio recording with Stan Kenton at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.
He served as vice president for The Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, DC, president of Northeastern Christian College, in the Philadelphia area of Villa Nova, and was engaged in special projects at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and at Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, TN.
John has studied choral music with Kelley B. Doyle at Freed-Hardeman College, Dr. Kenneth Davis, Jr. at Harding College, Louis Nicholas at Peabody College, Drs. John Finley Williamson, and George Lynn both of the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. In 1994 John was selected for study with Robert Shaw in Mendelsshon's Elijah at Carnegie Hall. In 2005, John was chosen to study with Alice Parker in her fellowship program in Charlemont, MA. His choral ensembles have toured the United States The British Isles, and Western Europe. John has recorded audio projects for various choral ensembles including The Cathedral Choral Society based at The Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, DC.
John is a member of the American Choral Directors' Association, the Music Educator's National Conference, the Tennessee Music Educators' Association, and the West Tennessee Vocal Association,
In 2005 John was presented the Fine Arts Award—Lifetime Service by Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee. Freed-Hardeman College and Morehead State University both presented John their Alumnus of the Year awards. While at The Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, John was the recipient of the CASE Staff Excellence Award.
John serves on the Board of Directors of the Ayers Children's Medical Center of the Jackson Madison County General Hospital, in Jackson, TN. Other civic involvement John has had includes Rotary International, Chorus America, Chamber of Commerce, American Society of Association Executives, and The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives.
Who is Bethel University?
Founded in 1842, Bethel University enrolls 6,000 students in its traditional, evening, and online programs. Affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, BU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education, and health care.
The mission of Bethel University is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons-- intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically-- in a Christian environment.
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