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Virginia Horton Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Virginia Horton, assistant professor of music at Lee University

Virginia Horton, assistant professor of music at Lee University, has been chosen as the recipient of the university’s 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Horton is one of three faculty members selected to receive the annual excellence awards for teaching, scholarship and advising. President Paul Conn announced the winners during May commencement to an audience of graduates, parents and faculty.

The Excellence Awards are the highest honors presented to Lee faculty members, and the oldest award, considered to be superior among the three, is Excellence in Teaching. Each year, the recipients are nominated from the faculty at large and selected by a committee of six representatives, three professors and three seniors, from different academic departments.

From Gulfport, Miss., Horton came to Lee in 1969 as a part-time faculty member and has taught full-time since 1976 in the areas of applied voice and vocal pedagogy. She is also the coordinator for the applied voice area.

Dr. Paul Conn said, “She has served on the faculty in vocal performance for three decades, and has been loved by many generations of students.”

Horton has had an illustrious career as a solo performer, but her favorite performing venue was with her late husband, David, as they ministered in church services, workshops and conventions around the world.

She completed her master’s degree in music education at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., and attended the University of Southern Mississippi for her undergraduate study in music education.

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