Dr. Lemondra V. Hamilton is Associate Professor of Music Education at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS. At MVSU. Dr. Hamilton teaches Music Appreciation, Music History I and II, Elementary Music Methods, Secondary Music Methods, and Fine Arts for education majors. He is a certified Orff Specialist, completing Levels I, II, II and Master Class at The University of Memphis. He also has more than 35 years of experience as pianist and music director for church choirs of different religious denominations and played organ for the funeral of Riley “B.B.” King.
Dr. Lemondra V. Hamilton received his Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis, MAR from Memphis Theological Seminary, MME in choral conducting from Florida State University, and BME from Mississippi Valley State University. At FSU, he taught class piano and taught and accompanied the Florida State University Gospel Choir. At MVSU, he accompanied the concert choir, gospel choir, and show choir. Dr. Hamilton studied piano under Mrs. Doris Richardson, Mrs. Mildred Sias, Mrs. Pauline Stilwell, and Dr. Lawrence Goldman.
Dr. Hamilton began his teaching career as a choral director Greenwood High School in Greenwood, MS before moving to Memphis, TN to work for the former Memphis City Schools, now Shelby County Schools, as an Orff Music Specialist. While in Memphis, he directed The University of Memphis Gospel Choir as an adjunct professor, served as 2011 co-chair of Memphis City Schools Orff All-City Concert, was concertmaster and soloist in the opera The Promise based on the words and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, taught class piano, and served as musical director for and performed in many theatrical performances. Dr. Hamilton also composed and conducted the 2013 Class Piano All-City finale piece A Creative Comedy in C for four hands.
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