Gregory Fuller is a Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi. He conducts the Southern Chorale and the Hattiesburg Choral Union, teaches graduate conducting courses, and supervises candidates in the master’s and doctoral conducting program. In 2004 he launched the first Southern Invitational Choral Conference, an event that now hosts over seventy institutions each September. Since arriving in 2000, he has presided over growth that has more than doubled the number of vocal/choral majors at Southern Miss.
Previously, professor Fuller held similar appointments at The University of Missouri in Columbia and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has appeared throughout the United States as a clinician and conductor and has performed at national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), along with numerous state and regional convention appearances. Dr. Fuller has organized and executed over 60 concert tours, including more than 30 international trips to three continents.
Dr. Fuller has remained active as a conductor in orchestral and wind settings. To date, he has appeared with professional or university instrumental ensembles on nearly 100 occassions. He has become known as a champion of new extended works. He has premiered six extended works in the last decade, including a recent premiere of the Seven Last Words, by Richard Burchard. Being published by Fred Bock, the premiere recording will be available this summer. He has also helped prepare orchestral choruses for more than 40 important performances, including presentations with the St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, and the outstanding Orchestras and Wind Ensembles at the University of Missouri and the University of Southern Mississippi. In five seasons with the Sioux City Municipal Band (formerly the Monahan Post Band, a 100 year tradition), he hosted many successful and promising solo artists, including internationally acclaimed horn player, Michael Thompson.
Fuller has served a variety of different roles with community choruses. He started as a graduate assistant with the Choral Union in Columbia, at the University of Missouri. He eventually became the primary conductor of that organization and premiered Phroheta Lucis, by John Cheetham, a choral-orchestral work commissioned for the University’s Sesquicentennial Gala Concert. In Sioux City, he quickly expanded the resources, membership, and audience of the Siouxland Master Chorale, culminating in several tours and a short residency in Yamnashi City, Japan, including a performance on Japanese National Public Television. The Choral Union at Southern Miss is the primary orchestral chorus for the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. Under Fuller, the group has also performed with other regional orchestras and in many important venues. In 2007, they were a partner with the Mississippi Arts Commission presenting state-wide performances honoring important Mississippi composer, William Grant Still. Dr. Fuller has organized collaborative community events in Mid-Missouri, Northwest Iowa (tri-state region), and now the Gulf Coast region. Some of the most notable presentations have been ecumenical sacred concerts with guest soloists as well as performances of major choral works with professional soloists and orchestra.
Dr. Fuller’s sacred music career spans four decades. His father and mentor, James Fuller, served churches in Alabama and Missouri for 40 years. Regarded as model administrator of graded choir programs for children, James Fuller fostered music education and choral excellence in churches. As a continuing advocate for those values, Fuller organized the three Sacred Festivals in Hattiesburg. Mack Wilberg (Morman Tabernacle Choir) was the most recent guest, performing hymn arrangements and his Requiem with over 600 participants. Similar events in 2003 and 2008 featured guest composers, large mass choirs from the Gulf Coast region, and many enthusiastic congregational participants. While in Iowa, he worked closely with the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City in planning and executing music for important liturgies. This included the rededication of the Cathedral of the Epiphany and the ordination of Bishop Daniel DiNardo, now Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese. In recent years he has been the chorus master at the First Methodist Church in Gulfport and is now the conductor of the Sanctuary Choir at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Gregory Fuller grew up and attended public school in historic Jefferson City, state capitol of Missouri. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University, in Shawnee, to earn a bachelors degree in Cello and Voice. He then returned to Missouri to complete masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri and remains a loyal Tiger fan. Among his significant mentors and teachers are James Fuller, James Woodward, Duncan Couch, Michael Cox, Michael Budds, John Cheetham, Nancy Hill Cobb, and Carolyn Hamlin. He has participated in workshops and master classes with Robert Shaw, Sir David Wilcocks, John Rutter, Jere Lantz, John Paynter, and Col. John R. Bourgeois.