Dr. Virginia Lile Boaz is Professor of Music and Vocal Coordinator in the ETBU School of Communication and Performing Arts. Prior to her appointment here, she served as Adjunct Professor and Instructor of Voice, Diction, and Music History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Dr. Boaz received her BM in Sacred Music from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. She continued her studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received the Master of Divinity in Church Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts with an emphasis in Vocal Performance; at Southern she studied voice with Marilyn Mims, Milburn Price, and Mozelle Sherman, and conducting with John H. Dickson. She has done additional coaching with Dr. Stephen King in Houston.
Dr. Boaz, mezzo-soprano, was a frequent soloist with the SBTS Oratorio and Seminary Choirs, and has also been a guest soloist with the Louisville Orchestra (KY), Choral Arts Society (KY), Longview Symphony Orchestra (TX), Marshall Symphony Orchestra (TX), and both the Lake Charles (LA) and Shreveport (LA) Summer Music Festivals. In addition, she was a founding member of the chamber ensemble, Coro Favoriti (KY), and has been a guest artist with the Atlanta (GA)-based chamber ensemble Coro Vocati. While at Southern, Dr. Boaz received the Female Recitalist Award, Church Music Drama Award, and the Jay W. Wilkey Artist of the Year Award.
Dr. Boaz has been a guest soloist with symphonies and choral organizations throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Texas. In the summers of 2005, 2011, 2014 (and upcoming summer 2017), she was featured soloist and Choral Scholar with the Oxbridge conference in Oxford and Cambridge, England. Among her numerous roles and solo engagements are Herodias (Herodias), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Emilia (Othello), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Hänsel (Hänsel and Gretel), The Witch (Into the Woods), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St. Matthew Passion, and Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Poulenc’s Gloria, Britten’s The Company of Heaven and Ceremony of Carols, Rutter’s Magnificat, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children and numerous others.
Dr. Boaz’s students regularly advance or place in the Texoma Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her students have been accepted into the graduate programs at Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, Converse College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Women’s University, Dallas Baptist University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Indiana University-Bloomington, and others. Dr. Boaz is a current member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), The American Musicological Society (AMS), College Music Society (CMS), and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).
Dr. Boaz's musical direction credits include Schoolhouse Rock, Live!, Dido and Aeneas, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Urinetown, Amelia Goes to the Ball, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Dr. Boaz, her husband Phillip and their three dogs live in Woodlawn, TX.
D.M.A. (Vocal Performance), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;
MDiv/CM (Church Music), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;
B.M. (Sacred Music), Georgetown College