Faculty & Staff
Dr. Bracey’s primary responsibilities at Alderson Broaddus University include teaching music theory and musicianship. He has been at the College since 1976. He has served as chairman of the Music Department from 1988-1993, 1997-2002, and 2010-2012.He received the Robert V. Digman Lifetime Achievement Award from AB in 2012. In 2007, the Student Government Association gave Dr. Bracey the Outstanding Faculty Award, and in 1999 Bracey was honored as the institution’s Distinguished Alumnus. AB nominated him in 1998 for the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's annual Professor of the Year award.
Bracey earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from West Virginia University, Master of Music in Theory and Composition from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus University. He was a recipient of the Arlen G. and Louise Stone Swiger Fellowship at WVU and received a Mellon Fellowship through the Appalachian College Association for doctoral study.
Many of his compositions have received public performances, including “A Promise Renewed” commissioned by AB in 2007 for its “Renewing the Promise” capital campaign. His setting of “How Can I Keep From Singing” was programmed by AB’s Concert Choir and was performed at Carnegie Hall. His composition "Laudate Dominum" (for women's chorus, piano and percussion) was selected as an honorable mention winner in the 1993 St. Mary's College choral composition competition. Prior to coming to AB, Dr. Bracey served as a public school music teacher. Throughout his career he has led church choirs in the communities in which he has lived, currently serving as choir director at Philippi Baptist Church and the Blue and Gray Community Choir of Philippi; he has done many arrangements for these choirs. Dr. Bracey has served as an adjudicator at regional concert and band festivals.