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Jeffrey Wilson, DMA

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

Education history

  • D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.Mus., Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois


Jeffrey S. Wilson (D.M.A., M.Mus., University of Illinois; B.Mus., Augustana College) is currently professor of music and director of choral activities at Fresno Pacific University where he oversees the choral program and teaches aural skills. Previously, he taught K-12 vocal music in Iowa and Illinois, and served for over twenty years as director of choral studies at Greenville University (Greenville, IL). Choirs under his direction have toured throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Europe and performed with the American Kantorei, the Boston Camerata, and the Kingsbury Ensemble. Professor Wilson’s choirs have also been invited to sing at multiple Illinois Music Educators Association State Conventions and American Choral Directors Association Central Region Conferences as well as the Calvin Symposium on Worship (Grand Rapids, MI).

Dr. Wilson studied conducting and choral music with Chet Alwes, Louis Halsey, Donald Morrison, Helmuth Rilling, Fred Stoltzfus, Paul Vermel, and David Willcocks. He also has extensive experience as organist and church musician and has traveled throughout the Midwestern and Northwestern United States as well as Western and Eastern Europe as a concert vocalist and accompanist. Wilson lived and studied in Hungary while on sabbatical in 2004 and served as visiting professor at Hope Africa University in Bujumbura, Burundi during spring semester, 2012. Professor Wilson is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association having served on the Illinois ACDA board for a number of years, most recently as President in 2019-2020. He and his wife, Pam, have three children.

Selected works

  • International Choir Tours with Greenville University Choirs (Mexico, 2019; Ireland, 2015; Central Europe, 2008; England, 2002)
  • Annual performances of Handel’s Messiah along with other choral orchestral masterworks with Greenville Choral Union, Greenville, IL (1996-2019)
  • Guest Conductor/Artist: Congreso Alabanza Suprema, Mexico City (August, 2018); Kingsbury Ensemble, St. Louis, MO (April 2013; American Kantorei, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (April, 2011); Boston Camerata, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, MO (November, 2009); Calvin Symposium on Worship, Calvin College and Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI (January, 2007)
  • Invited performances with Greenville University Choirs: American Choral Directors Association – Central Division Conferences - Ft. Wayne, IN (March, 2012), Grand Rapids, MI (February, 2008); Illinois Music Educators Association – All-State Conferences (2012, 2010, 2006)
  • When Jesus Left His Father’s Throne – setting by Walter Saul, Commissioned for Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir, 2020 Festival of Lessons and Carols
  • O Thou Who Camest From Above – Kile Smith, Commissioned for Greenville University Choir’s 90th Anniversary (2016-17)
  • Jesus, Lover of My Soul – Chester Alwes, Commissioned for the Greenville University Choir’s 75th Anniversary (2001-02)
  • Passion Songs – Eric Houghton, Commissioned by Ken and Marjorie Smith for Greenville University Chamber Singers (2001)
  • Choral Music Ministry Presentation / Choral Conducting Workshop – 3rd Annual Congreso Alabanza Suprema, Mexico City (August, 2018)
  • The Choral Director as Voice Teacher: Developing Singers in the Choral Setting – ILMEA All-State Conference, Peoria, IL (January, 2010)
  • Moving Toward Excellence with Your Church Choir, Calvin Symposium on Worship, Grand Rapids, MI (January, 2007)
  • Finding Your Voice: Keys to Developing Beautiful Choral Tone - ILMEA All-State Conference, Peoria, IL (January, 2010)
  • Great and Marvelous Are Your Deeds, Selections from 2010-14 U.S.A. Tour Programs
  • Songs of Redemption, 2008-09 Midwestern U.S.A. Tour Program
  • And Can It Be? --A Decade of Hymn Singing: 1997-2007
  • The Journey: Come, Let Us Join, 2005-06 Midwestern U.S.A. Tour Program. Sing A New Song, 2004-05 Midwestern U.S.A. Tour Program
  • The Call: Songs of Worship, Consecration and Celebration, 2002-03 Southeastern U.S.A. Tour Program
  • Praise to the Lord: A 75th Anniversary Celebration, 2001-02 Heritage Tour of England Program
  • Sing to the Lord: Reflections on the Trinity, 2000-01 Midwestern U.S.A. Tour Program
  • The Promised Land: From Bondage to Freedom, 1999-2000 Northwestern U.S.A. Tour Program
  • The Journey to Jerusalem: A Choral Pilgrimage, 1998-99 Southern U.S.A. Tour Program
  • Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1997-98 Northeastern U.S.A. Tour Program