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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 (1st 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
--4th year front-line Music Director of a top-5 district-ranked ("B+" level) chorus of 45 (and growing) (chorus was a 25-member "C+" level chorus before tenure)
--Currently enrolled in the Certified Director program (completion by 2016)
--Distance singer of a first-place international youth chorus (chorus later chartered ["A" level], chorus averages 50 members)
--Distance singer of a top district-ranked ("A" level)/top-10 internationally-ranked competition chorus of approximately 75)
--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 small city (7th 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 a college/young professional-aged 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 (on sabbatical) of semi-professional traveling chamber choir primarily based in a large-sized metropolitan city (4 years)
--Performed at a divisional ACDA conference
+ 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 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, ACDA (state & national), NAfME (formerly MENC), (state)MEA, (state)VA,  (state)EMEA, (state)OA, BHS, FUMMWA, AGO, Chorus America, NATS, CASA, Musica Sacra, AOSA, OAKE, and the Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR)

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