DENNIS, GREGORY J. (b. 1947)

Gregory J. Dennis (born April 14, 1947 Platteville, Wisconsin), is the son of William J. Dennis, a prominent professional music educator, composer, cornet and trumpet player and music director, whose life and teaching inspired him to follow a similar career. The senior Dennis was Mr. Dennisʼ theory and composition teacher, a man whose life was a model of the belief that the love and sharing of music lasts a lifetime.
Greg Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chorale and General Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Master of Music degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Gregory Dennis taught choral and general music for 40 years starting in 1969 in the public school systems of Flint, MI and Mount Horeb, Wisconsin with his final nine at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Mr. Dennis has directed eight different community choirs including the Knights of Columbus Male Chorus Council 695 of Flint, Michigan, the Mount Horeb Chorale, the Iowa County Scenic Sounds Male Chorus, the Madison Boy Choir, the Masterworks Chorale of Middleton, Wisconsin, the Campus/Community Choir of Edgewood College, the River Valley Community Choir and the Platteville Chorale, some concurrently, for a total of 75 years as of 2013.
Mr. Dennis has also directed, produced, and/or acted in over 50 plays, musical shows and operas. He is an active director of honors and festival choirs and a frequent adjudicator and clinician in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa with close to 200 events to his credit. Mr. Dennisʼ 18 years in church work has allowed him to be active in the traditions of the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic churches.
Professional activities and memberships include 11 years with the Wisconsin Honors Project of the Wisconsin School Music Association (finishing in 1999 as the past chairman) and serving on the state board of directors for the Wisconsin Choral Directorsʼ Association, the Wisconsin Music Educatorsʼ Association and the Michigan School Vocal Association. Mr. Dennis was honored in 2008 with the coveted “Orpheus” Award by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia for meritorious service as a professional music educator.
Gregory Dennis makes his home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Retired from academic teaching, he now aims to focus on publishing his choral works.