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LETU Names Jim Taylor as New Director of Fine Arts


LeTourneau University has named Jim Taylor as its new Director of Fine Arts in a new position that is effective July 1. Besides teaching classes in music appreciation, Taylor will oversee and develop the university's praise and worship teams, jazz band, university choirs and a community chorus.

"The arts compliment technical education, and students should not have to choose one over the other, said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. "Our new Director of Fine Arts will cultivate a rich, extracurricular experience for students across all of our major fields of study."

LETU Dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences Dr. Larry Frazier said, "Dr. Taylor is a well-respected member of the arts community in East Texas, and we welcome him to our LeTourneau faculty."

Since 2009, Taylor has served as the director of choral activities at Kilgore College, where he conducted a 30-voice mixed chorus, a 12-voice women's ensemble, a 50-voice mixed adult chorus, a 30-voice treble choir and a 30-voice high school-age choir for homeschooled students. In 2012, he earned the Excellence in Teaching Award at Kilgore College where he has taught voice, composition, popular guitar and music appreciation courses.
For 24 years prior, he served fulltime as director of music and the arts in large Presbyterian churches in Florida, Colorado and Alabama, in both traditional and contemporary worship styles. His work included arranging and composing music for choirs, praise bands, orchestras and planning major events, worship planning and leadership.

Taylor has published more than 30 choral and choral/orchestral works through a variety of publishers including Oxford University Press. His works have been performed at schools, churches, colleges and all-state festivals. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Conductors Guild, League of American Orchestras and VoiceCare Network.

Taylor earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Alabama in 2009, his Master of Music from the University of Miami in 1982 and his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University in 1977. His dissertation was on the collaborative arrangement of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.

LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU's residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston.

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