• Virginia Horton
    Virginia Horton,
    Assistant Professor of Voice

    B. M. E., University of Southern Mississippi
    M. M. E., George Peabody College for Teachers
    Email: vhorton@leeuniversity.edu

    Born in Gulfport, Miss., Virginia Horton attended the University of Southern Mississippi for her undergraduate study in music education.

    She was active in the opera department at USM, performing the roles of Georgette in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, and Abigail in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. She has also performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Nelson’s What Is Man? and DuBois’ Seven Last Words of Christ.

    Horton continued her college career at Indiana University, studying voice with Robert Van Buskirk and vocal pedagogy with the renowned Ralph Appelman. She completed her master’s degree in music education at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., studying voice and vocal pedagogy with Louis Nicholas and working as a studio musician.

    Horton came to Lee University in 1969 as a part-time faculty member, and has taught full time in the School of Music since 1976 in the areas of applied voice and vocal pedagogy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the coordinator for the applied voice area.

    Horton has had an illustrious career as a soloist, but her most-loved performing venue was with her late husband, David. Horton considers her 25-year involvement in the ministry of Campus Choir, which was directed by her husband, to be an integral part of her ministry and work at Lee University. They ministered in church services, workshops, and conventions around the world—Japan, Ireland, Wales, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Jamaica, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Trinidad.

    Horton has one son, Jonathan, who is a talented bassist and a graduate of the Lee University School of Music.

Music Events Calendar

2/08
Faculty Wind Quintet
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall - Humanities Center
Faculty Wind Quintet

1120 North Ocoee Street NE

Faculty members Kristin Holritz, Flute, Robert Burks, Oboe, Peter Cain, Clarinet, Eric Anderson, Bassoon, and Gordon James, Horn will present a concert...

2/10
Faculty Recital: Steve Benne, double bass & Phillip Thomas, piano and harpsichord
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall - Humanities Center
Faculty Recital: Steve Benne, double bass & Phillip Thomas, piano and harpsichord

The program will include pieces by G.F. Handel, Charles Gounod, J.S. Bach, and Robert Schumann.

Steve Benne, instructor of double bass at Lee, is principal double bassist with the Knoxville...

2/12
School of Music Major Auditions
All day | Read more

School of Music Major Auditions
For more information, please contact McKenna Fetzer at mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
2/13
Honor Choir Concert
Begins at 3:00 PM | Live Stream | Read more

Conn Center
Honor Choir Concert
150 11th Street NE
2/14
Chamber Strings Concert
Begins at 3:00 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Chamber Strings Concert

340 Church Street NE

Chamber Strings, conducted by Xiaoqing Yu, will present an entertaining program entitle “A Sweetheart Valentine.” Join us with your sweetheart for this event.

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