John Ray serves as Director of Vocal Studies for Trevecca Nazarene University. His professional career spans thirty five years as voice teacher, performer, composer, conductor, educator, church musician, and studio session singer. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance Degree from the University of Alabama, and holds both a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Samford University.
The son of musician parents, Dr. Ray studied voice with G. William Bugg and Ed White. He has appeared on the concert stage in the United States and overseas in opera, oratorio, recital, and musical theater. He has shared the stage with some of the world's foremost singers and performers, and his students have performed nationally and internationally on Broadway, in musical theater tours, at theme parks, with opera companies, in commercial concert, in Christian music ministry, and as session singers. His solo appearances include Saint John’s Symphony London, Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Brevard Symphony, Nashville Opera, Alabama Opera Works, Opera Birmingham, Opera South, and The International Cathedral Music Festival (where he performed in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall), as well as many others. Movie trailer credits include Spiderman 3, Eragon, Live Free and Die Hard, and others. John can be heard on the Sony label with artist Ben Folds and on the Word label with artist Michael W. Smith, as well as others. As a songwriter, John has written over 500 songs. His song, “Jump in the Middle of the River," was selected from over 1000 entries to appear on a CD published by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He holds choral publications as either lyricist or composer with Lorenz, Shawnee Press, Abingdon, Lifeway, Hal Leonard, Chorister's Guild, and others. He is currently composing two major works: an opera based on the life and stories of Edgar Alan Poe, and a stage musical based on the original versions of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Dr. Ray has served on the music faculties of Belmont University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Wallace State Community College, and Snead State Community College. In his present position as Director of Vocal Studies for Trevecca Nazarene University, John gives oversight to the Vocal Division, directs The Gospel Choir, teaches voice, and is responsible for the development of the new Commercial Voice Program.
Currently, Dr. Ray is completing a Master's Degree in Counseling, using that knowledge to integrate an understanding of the role of the psyche of the singing performer with voice science, traditional and contemporary technical instruction, musicianship, and artistry. His research includes the study of hemisphiricity (right and left brain dominance), personality types, performance anxiety (stage fright), and the roles of depression and anxiety as they impact the life of the singing performer.
Dr. Ray holds professional memberships with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He is happily married to the beautiful and talented Katharine Boettcher, and is the proud father of three beautiful daughters, Candice, Courtney and Kyndle.
If you would like more information, please call the Division of Music at 615-248-1288 or e-mail John Ray