Glenn Draper


Ben Haden, Billy Graham, Glenn Draper, and Singers

Glenn Draper is one of the finest Choral Directors in the world. I have known Glenn for years and appreciate his God-given talent.
—Billy Graham


Glenn and Lounelle Draper with Sir Allen and Lady Walker

The most outstanding choir to come to Australia in my memory. (After performance at the Sydney Opera House)
—Sir Allen Walker, Australia

Concert Will Honor Career
of Glenn Draper

A celebratory concert in honor of Glenn W. Draper’s career as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at UTC will be held Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m. in First Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Avenue, to mark Draper’s retirement.

The concert will include performances by the current Chattanooga Singers, alumni singers and faculty.

An announcement will be made during the concert about an endowment to fund the Glenn Draper scholarship, to be awarded to a vocal student at the University. For more information about the endowment honoring Draper’s service and achievement, please contact the UTC Office of Development at 425-4232.

When Glenn Draper received the Chattanooga Optimist Club’s Distinguished Service Award, he was honored for taking "the best aspects of Chattanooga and its youth to our country and our world and has brought recognition, prestige, and accolades to our city, UTC students, and various religious groups and organizations."

Coming to Chattanooga in 1968, Draper spent more than 30 years as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.

Born in Roanoke, Va., Draper received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and served as graduate assistant to the dean of music at Southern Methodist University where he earned a master’s degree. In 1976, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Highpoint University.

Draper served as a music director for the Lake Junaluska Methodist Assembly and at Pfeiffer College and the University of Miami, Fla. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning the Outstanding Service Award for his work with the Keesler Air Force Base Male Chorus.

During his career, he directed singers’ performances before heads of state, including every U.S. President since Richard Nixon and British royalty. He has led 49 international concert tours and countless American tours.

His groups, including the Chattanooga Singers and the Singing Mocs at UTC, have performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles, Australia’s Sydney Opera House and in concert with such famous performers as Perry Como, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, and Liberace.
His groups have performed for national audiences on the "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Hour of Power" and have produce more than 30 albums. His affiliation with Billy Graham’s world ministries has taken Draper and his singers across the globe. The U.S. Department of Defense also commissioned Draper to lead five tours to entertain overseas military personnel.

Draper has been honored with inclusion in Who’s Who in Music Around the World, men of Achievement Around the World, and Personalities of the South. He has received the Love of Chattanooga Award, the Indiana Wesleyan University Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Orpheus Award from the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and has been the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards at UTC.

He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Rotary Club International.

Draper and his wife, Lounelle, have two sons, Glenn Wright and Dean.