Dr. Emma Pettyjohn – Professor and Chair of the Music Department
Dr. Pettyjohn teaches applied piano, organ, piano pedagogy and literature, music theory, and aural skills. She also assists with accompanying as needed. She received the Bachelor of Arts in music from Shorter College and the Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Georgia, studying with Mrs. Mary Ann Knight and Dr. Richard Zimdars, respectively. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance also came from UGA, where she studied with Dr. Egbert Ennulat.
Dr. Pettyjohn previously taught at Piedmont College and joined the Music Department at Emmanuel in January 2003. She has served as the organist at Alps Road Presbyterian Church in Athens since 2006. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Athens Chapter, and is available as an adjudicator for piano or organ competitions. She is also a member of the Northeast Georgia American Guild of Organists chapter.
Dr. Pettyjohn and her husband Marvin have two sons, Calvin and Conner, and reside in Winterville. They also have a tortoise and a hare!
Dr. Deborah Herring – Professor of Music
Dr. Deborah Herring serves as Professor of Music, Voice Area Coordinator, Arts Academy Director, and directs both Chorale and the musical theatre group, ACTS. In addition to directing, she teaches applied voice, choral literature, conducting, vocal pedagogy and other related courses. She earned her Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University, Master of Music from Pittsburg State University, and Bachelor of Music Ministry from Ozark Christian College with a major in vocal performance and a secondary emphasis in Music History and Musicology. Her experience includes over 34 years of voice teaching both through her private studio and as adjunct voice instructor at Ozark Christian College, Missouri Southern State University, and John A. Logan Community College. Her music ministry experience includes leading worship, voice and choral workshops and over 25 years as a music minister, most recently shaving served at Royston Baptist Church (2007-2019). As a lyric-coloratura soprano, she performs as a soloist for college, community and outside events. Past solo performances include opera (PSU, BSU, Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and The American Institute of Musical Studies, Gratz, Austria), classical (Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, faculty solo recitals, and guest soloist for regional productions of Handel’s Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and others), Jazz (professional jazz soloist with The Lamplight Trio), musical theatre (Footlight Musicals, Springfield Little Theatre), and over 40 years as a soloist for church, conference and special events. Her conducting and directing experience includes working with choral groups, church choirs, cantatas, musicals, worship teams, opera workshops and summer music camps. She is an active choral clinician, adjudicator and current member of NATS and NAfME. Her honors include Phi Kappa Phi, Graduate Dean’s Scholar, Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow, EC Firebaugh Faculty Award, Who’s Who in American Education and American Women. Her research presentations include applications of her doctoral dissertation “A comparison of Multiple Intelligence Profiles in College Singers and Non-Singers with Implications for Teachers of Singing” (Stark, 2004).
She lives on Lake Hartwell, GA with her husband, John and has two beautiful adult daughters, Hannah and Sierra. She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, hiking, gardening, writing, photography, and traveling. Her favorite scripture is Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you: in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Her purpose and ministry in life is to mentor and train others to serve God through the musical arts.
Dr. Leslie Boucher – Professor of Music
Dr. Leslie Boucher studied music education at Indiana University (B ME); Master of Arts in ethnomusicology and composition at Long Island, NY University, and Ph.D. in music (history and theory) at the University of Georgia. Minor areas are art history for MA and Ph.D., German, and comparative literature.
She has taught in schools at all levels, has done adjunct work at the University of Georgia, and is currently in her 24th year of teaching music and music/art appreciation at Emmanuel College. She has also taught applied voice, violin, and piano classes, along with musical composition, senior seminar, and Virtuosi classes.
Dr. Boucher lives with her husband Walter in Belton, South Carolina. They have a grown daughter, Andrea, who lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also residing with the Bouchers are five spoiled cats! Two are kittens and the others are adults – they are white, gold, grey, and black.
We love to travel, to visit museums and other cultural places that are replete with art, musical programs, and various rare books. Most of all, we love to be with students, to assist them however possible in their work or in solving a problem. We know that God has placed us here to help those who need us. This is the reason why we love being at Emmanuel College.
Elizabeth Chitwood – Assistant Professor of Music