Director of Choral Activities

Gregory Graf

Director of Choral Activities
Assistant Professor of Music
gregory.graf@ngu.edu
Unit: Music
Location: Tigerville, SC

"You have two choices: You can make a living or you can design a life." - Jim Rohn
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Music Education, Sight Singing/Ear Training, Applied Voice Lessons, Concert Choir, and NGU Singers

    Degrees

    • B.M. (Voice Performance) – Bob Jones University
    • M.M. (Choral Conducting) – Bob Jones University
    • D.M.A. (Conducting) – University of Maryland
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes over twelve years teaching at the collegiate level, guest conducting, managing a private voice studio, piano accompanying for choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists. I have also served as Director of Music in several churches in three states.

  • Articles Published
    • I regularly collaborated as a chorister with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Strathmore Performing Arts Center under world-renowned conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, Matthew Halls, Masaaki Suzuki, Markus Stenz, and Nathalie Stutzmann.
    • I collaborated as a choral conductor with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra numerous times while teaching in Texas.
    • I traveled to Oxford University as Scholar Mentor for the Music Across the Pond (MAP) to participate in conducting masterclasses with Owen Reese, Jeremy Summerly, and Dr. Simon Carrington.
    • I continue to be an active clinician for choirs in several states and countries.
  • Awards Received
    • 2013 – Outstanding East-Central District Director Award with the Missouri Choral Directors Association
    • 2019 – Conductor of the University of Maryland Men’s Chorus who was selected to perform at the 2016 Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar at the University of Illinois.
    • 2013-2016 – I prepared the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Choruses to perform “Do You Hear the People Sing,” a tribute to the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alan Boubil in collaboration with the National Symphony Pops Orchestra at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center under the direction of Maestro Stephen Reineke.
    • I am also active in musical theater serving as music director, vocal coach, and pianist for numerous shows.
    • 2012 and 2019 – Guest Clinician for the East-Central All-District Honor Choir
    • 2018 – Guest Clinician for the All-City Brownsville Honor Choir
    • 2021 – Guest Clinician for the Region 15 Region Honor Choir in McAllen, TX
  • My Network

    I have connections in Missouri, Maryland, Texas, and now South Carolina.

  • My Story

    I had an affinity for music at a young age. I took piano lessons at age 7, joined a concert band in middle school, and participated in every musical ensemble in high school, choir and band. I knew music was my passion! I went on to study voice in my undergraduate degree and choral conducting in my master’s degree. After teaching on the collegiate level for seven years, I knew it was time to pursue my doctorate in conducting. Once I completed my DMA, I taught in Texas before feeling a strong calling from God to enter into Christian educational ministry. I am incredibly blessed to be at NGU where sharing music and faith in Christ is celebrated and encouraged.

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