SWCC Alumni Office
2016 Spring Graduation
2015-2016 SWCC DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
SWCC’s recipient of the 2015-16 Distinguished Alumnus Award is Terry L. Hall. Mr. Hall is completing his thirty – fifth year of full-time music teaching. The last thirty -three years have been at Richlands Middle and High Schools where he directs five choral groups and teaches a guitar class. Richlands High School has been a Virginia Blue Ribbon School for the Arts for five years. He has taught Choral, General and Instrumental music at all levels from K through College and was adjunct faculty at SWCC for several years.
After graduating Summa cum Laude from Southwest Virginia Community College with his AA in music, Mr. Hall transferred to the University of West Florida in Pensacola to complete his BA in Music Education. He earned his Masters degree from Beacon University and has taken graduate courses in music from Radford University, Old Dominion University, and the University of VA. He has completed the course of studies for the Voice Care Network through Saint John’s University and the Teaching Guitar Workshop through Duquesne University.
Mr. Hall is the president of the Virginia Music Educators Association and is also an active member of The National Association for Music Education and the Virginia Choral Directors Association. He has served as choral representative and district chair for VMEA District VII as well as chair for the Virginia Honor’s Choir.
He is a member of the Virginia Coalition for Fine Arts Education and works with the VDOE Fine Arts liaison. In 2009 Mr. Hall was awarded the Sidney Swiggett Award in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the Virginia Choral Directors Association.
He has served as guest-conductor for multiple all-county choirs, taught at the Texas Conservatory of Church Music and conducted training clinics and seminars in Virginia, Florida, and Texas. He has served as the assistant director to the SWCC Community Chorus and the Southwest VA Children’s Choir. He serves as pastor and worship leader for Victory Christian Fellowship at Claypool Hill
He and his wife Mary Lee have 2 daughters and live on a mountaintop farm near Jewell Ridge, VA.