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Dr. Judson Bracey (theory, composition)

Dr. Judson F. Bracey is professor of music and music education.  His primary responsibilities at Alderson Broaddus University include teaching music theory and musicianship.  He has been at the College since 1976. He served as chairman of the Music Department from 1988-1993 and again from 1997-2002.  The AB Student Government Association gave Dr. Bracey the Outstanding Faculty Award in May 2007.  In 1999, the College honored Dr. Bracey as its Distinguished Alumnus.  The College nominated him in 1998 for the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's annual Professor of the Year award.

Bracey earned a Doctorate of Music 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.

A number of his compositions have received public performances, and 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, the convention choir for the Czechoslovak Baptist Convention of North America, and the Blue and Gray Community Choir of Philippi.

A member of the Music Educators National Conference and the West Virginia Music Educators Association, he served many years as regional chairman of the WVMEA's Solo and Ensemble festival program.  Dr. Bracey continues to serve as an adjudicator at regional concert and band festivals.