• 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

1/24
Presidential Concert: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano

Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Soprano Susannah Biller has been praised for her “incandescent, exquisitely supple soprano” (Dallas Morning News) and her “light, sweet lyric voice and...

1/25
Masterclass: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano
Begins at 4:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Masterclass: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano

Lee University is proud to welcome home Cleveland-native Susannah Biller as part of their prestigious 2016-2017 Presidential Concert Series. Susannah has sung with with the San Francisco Opera,...

1/27
Graduate Vocal Auditions
Begins at 12:30 PM | Read more

Graduate Vocal Auditions
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Music, gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu, (423)-614-8245
1/30
Graduate Instrumental Auditions
Begins at 2:00 PM | Read more

Graduate Instrumental Auditions
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Music, gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu, (423)-614-8245
2/03
School of Music Auditions
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School of Music Auditions
For more information please contact McKenna Fetzer, (423) 614-8675, mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
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