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Gregory Hilliard, Jr.

Location: Florida, USA
Current position: General music education specialist for a historic, private, parochial elementary/middle school (Kindergarten through 8th grade), located adjacent to the downtown-area of a medium-sized city (2nd year). Duties include weekly group instruction of every student, head music liturgist for 2 weekly mass services and special masses, music director of school-wide musical, co-head of the fine arts evening performance, director of school-wide talent show, and directing 2 extracurricular vocal ensembles.  Also serves as a member of the school/parish liturgy committee.
Previous positions:
+ Choral Director/Music-Related Teacher--shared middle school and high school position (separate district schools [not a JH/SH school]; rebuilding the choral program at both schools), located in a rural area (about an hour's drive to the closest viable MS or HS choral program; am the only secondary choral director in my school district) (1 year)
--At the MS: 2 curriculuar choruses (6th grade beginning mixed [35], 7th and 8th grade beginning/intermdiate girls [12]) and music appreciation/keyboard (semester/annual course) [15-25]
--At the HS: 1 curriculuar chorus (mixed voicing, mixed level, grades 9-12 {1st year through 4th year singers all in the same class} [30]).  Also taught a mixed-level music theatre course (semester/annual course) [25], and music appreciation (semester/annual course) [5-10]
+ Choral director at a middle school (rebuilding a choral program from scratch), located in the heart (inner-city) of a medium-sized city (1 year)
--1 curricular chorus, mixed voicing, grades 6-8 [30]
--Primary function of program was school-based event entertainment
+ Choral director and guitar teacher at a developed middle school choral program located in outskirts of same medium-sized city (2 years)
--4 curricular choruses (6th grade beginning girls [30], 7th and 8th grade beginning/intermediate girls [40], 8th grade advanced girls ensemble [16], 6th-8th grade boys chorus [25]) and co-developed a beginning class guitar program [25].  Additionally taught one year of beginning theatre techniques [30].  Also directed an extracurricular all-girls select vocal ensemble opened to the school [12], an extracurricular all-boys a cappella vocal ensemble [8], and an extracurricular mixed vocal ensemble specializing in vocal jazz/musical theatre/quality pop repertoire [20]
--All curricular choruses received the highest ratings at district music performance assessments
+ Received undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education and Certificate in Sacred Music from a large southern public research university
--Featured as a soloist in the top undergraduate touring chorus at a National ACDA Conference
+ Member of the Barbershop Harmony Society
--5th year front-line Music Director of a top-5 district-ranked ("B" level) chorus of 45 (and growing) (chorus was a 20-member "C+" level chorus before tenure)
--Currently enrolled in the Certified Director program (completion by 2016)
--Distance singer of a top district-ranked ("A" level)/top-10 internationally-ranked competition chorus of approximately 75)
--Distance singer of a first-place international youth chorus (chorus later chartered ["A" level], chorus averages 50 members)
--Former vocal coach/singer in a top-8 district-ranked ("C+" level) chorus of 25 (1 year)
+ Assistant Music Director at a downtown United Methodist Church in a medium-sized city (8th year)
--Assistant Director/Member of the volunteer choir of 40, ~20% of the members hold music degrees
--Floater Ringer [speciality in bass--G2 to G4]/Substitute Director for advanced adult handbell ensemble (6 octaves [G2 to G8]; regularly plays music graded Level 3+ and above)
--Co-Director/Floater Ringer of an intermediate adult handbell ensemble (5 octaves)
--Six Bass/Triple Guitar/Double Second/Floater player in a steel pans ensemble (selected to minister at an international United Methodist general conference)
--Vocal soloist for services, special events (weddings/funerals), concerts, and other engagements
+ Served on music staff of 3 other churches (soloist/intern positions)
+ Member of semi-professional traveling chamber choir primarily based in a smal-sized city (1st year)
+ Member (on sabbatical) of a very large (200+), non-auditioned, masterworks-focused community chorus, located in a medium-sized city (pseudo-affliated with a large southern public research university) (also served as a board member)
+ Former Member of semi-professional traveling chamber choir primarily based in a large-sized metropolitan city (4 years)
--Performed at a divisional ACDA conference
+ Former section leader/soloist of another smaller (~50), non-auditioned, community chorus affliated with a local community college, located in the same medium-sized city
+ Charter member of a medium-sized city's auditioned symphonic orchestra chorus
+ Charter member and retired bass ringer/current substitute ringer in an auditioned community handbell ensemble
+ Has appeared as a soloist with several ensembles (choral and instrumental ensembles) throughout the region
+ Member, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA, state & national), the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME, formerly MENC), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Florida Vocal Association (FVA), Florida Elemenentary Music Educators Association (FEMEA), Florida Orchestra Association (FOA), Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Fellowship of United Methoidst Musicians and Worship Artists (FUMMWA), National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), AGO, Chorus America, NATS, CASA, AEA, NPM, Musica Sacra, AOSA, OAKE, and the Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR)

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