CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 13, 2015 – The Dr. John B. Egbert Endowed Fund for Choral and Voice Students has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The endowed fund will aid choral and voice students in the Department of Music with experiential learning opportunities – such as master classes and touring events — beyond the traditional classroom.
Dr. John Egbert, emeritus music faculty, taught at Southeast Missouri State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2011. He served as director of choral activities and taught secondary choral music classes. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Murray State University, and both a Master of Music Education and a doctoral degree in choral music education from the University of Missouri.
Egbert’s choirs were selected for convention performances for both the Missouri Music Educators and the American Choral Directors in 1991, 1992 and 1998, and under his direction, performed such major works as Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Duruflé’s “Requem,” and Handel’s “Messiah,” to name a few.
He has appeared frequently as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, having conducted more than 250 professional choral activities across the United States, and in Italy and Austria. He is a member of the Missouri Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference, and is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association.
Prior to teaching at Southeast, Egbert was the choir director at Crystal City (Missouri) High School from 1971 to 1984, where his choirs earned many awards.
A Princeton, Kentucky, native, Egbert is a 1964 graduate of Caldwell County High School, where he was active in band and choir. He is the son of the late Louard and Jean Egbert, formerly of Princeton, and is married to the former Barb Wentz of Imperial, Missouri, a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. Dr. Egbert enjoys travel, golf and biking. The Egberts’ son, Brian, an honor graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, is an engineer.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the new endowed fund is encouraged to contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation by calling (573) 651-2332 or online at www.semo.edu/foundation.