A new colleague

by Jeffrey Carter


We are delighted that Stuart Chapman Hill has accepted our offer, and will join us in August 2016 as Assistant Professor of Music (Choral Music Education).  He will teach courses in music education and lead the Women’s Chorus. He will also continue his research, the results of which he is anxious to bring into the daily lives of students and faculty.


Stuart is ABD at Michigan State.  We expect that he will be Dr. Chapman by the time he arrives here.

Our thanks to the search committee for completing a challenging task on time and with great success!

Stuart Chapman Hill (b. 1986) is a doctoral candidate in music education at Michigan State University. He is also a member of the choral music faculty at the Governor’s School of North Carolina (East campus). From 2009 to 2013, Stuart was the choral director at Northern Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, NC. During his time there, choral enrollment grew nearly 40%, students achieved high marks at adjudicated festivals, and Stuart was named the school’s Teacher of the Year (2013).

Stuart is also a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and music leader in both school and church settings, having recently conducted All County Choruses in Alamance and Davidson counties (NC), directed the children’s choir camp for First Baptist Church of Greensboro, and led music at several youth conferences in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His compositions have been performed around the United States and abroad, and his first published composition was recently released by Hinshaw Music. His scholarly interests include songwriting, choral music, music teacher education, and the implications of neuroscience for music teaching and learning.

Stuart earned the Bachelor of Music degree (summa cum laude) from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in 2008. In 2009, he earned the Master of Education degree (focus: vocal/general music education) from Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, which is one of the highest-ranked graduate schools of education in the United States. He is licensed to teach in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Stuart has been a piano student of Karen Ann Krieger, Barbara Byrd, and Vivian Dula; a voice student of Tracy Prentice; a composition student of Michael Slayton; and a conducting student of Jamie Kirsch, David N. Childs, David C. Rayl, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow.