Leslie Blackwell

Associate Professor of Music
and Music Education


Leslie J. Blackwell has been the Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at Kennesaw State University since 1998. Dr. Blackwell's duties include conducting all the choral ensembles, teaching choral conducting, choral literature, and supervising student teachers. Choral ensembles at Kennesaw State University include the Chamber Singers, Chorale, Women's Chorus, and the Quarter Tones, a men's ensemble.

Dr. Blackwell earned her AD from Gordon College, her BM in music education from West Georgia College, her MM from Georgia State University and her DMA at the University of Kentucky.

During her twelve years as a music educator in Georgia, Dr. Blackwell taught seven years at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, where her Chamber and Women's choirs performed, respectively, at the 1992 and 1994 Georgia Music Educators Association State Conventions. McIntosh Chamber Choir was selected to sing at the American choral Director's Association Southern Division Convention in 1996.

Additionally, Dr. Blackwell taught elementary and secondary music in the Griffin-Spalding County and Clayton County School Systems.

For many seasons, Dr. Blackwell sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaw, Ann Howard Jones, and Yoel Levi. She has also been active as a Director of Music in several churches in the Atlanta area, most recently at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Dr. Blackwell is currently the Artistic Director for the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

Dr. Blackwell's studies of professional conducting have been with Ann-Howard Jones, Norma Raybon, John Haberlen, and Jefferson Johnson. In addition to her commitments at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Blackwell is active as a clinician and adjudicator in the southeast, and holds memberships in MENC, GMEA, and ACDA.


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