Isaiah R. McGee


Chair, Region 7
Elected November 2019; term ends November 2022

Isaiah R. McGee is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Music at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. He directs the Concert Choir, University Chorale, and the Men and Women ensembles, along with teaching courses in general and choral conducting.

Professor McGee has directed ensembles in performances at local, state, and regional conferences and conventions, and has served as clinician for numerous workshops, honor choirs, and clinics. His research interests include topics such as the origin and historical development of prominent professional black choirs in the United States. He has also co-authored an article published in the International Journal of Music Education on The Influence of Music Style and Conductor Race on Perceptions of Ensemble and Conductor Performance.

As a vocalist, Professor McGee has performed roles including the Conte in the Studio Lirico production of Cimarosa’s Il Convito at Teatro Signorelli in Cortona, Italy, as well as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Doctor Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Bardolfo in Salieri’s Falstaff.

In the community, Professor McGee has consulted regarding improvement of the cultural arts in cities and towns throughout the state and region. He is the director of Leadership Orangeburg, sponsored by the Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors for the Orangeburg Fine Arts Center. Professor McGee’s awards and recognition include the Excellence in Teaching Award by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Exemplary Teacher Award by the United Methodist Church, Carolina Young Artist Award given by Opera Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, Winner of the First Annual William L. Dawson Vocal Competition at Tuskegee, Alabama, and recognition by the United States Congress in the Congressional Record for outstanding service and leadership.

Professor McGee serves NASM as a visiting evaluator. He was a member of the 2016 Nominating Committee.

Professor McGee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from South Carolina State University, a Master of Music degree in vocal performance with an emphasis in Opera Theatre from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with choral conducting emphasis from Florida State University.

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Posted December 2019