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Dr. Jeff R. McLelland

Independent Presbyterian

Birmingham, AL

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Jeff R. McLelland is the Director of Music and Fine Arts at Independent Presbyterian Church. His responsibilities include that of organist, the direction of all choral activities, and the administration of the nationally prestigious November Organ Recital Series and annual Religious Arts Festival. Prior to his appointment at Independent Presbyterian Church in 2000, McLelland worked for seventeen years in academia as organ professor at Mississippi College and William Carey College. He has continued to work as a church musician in churches in Mississippi since he was 14 years old.

A native of Hattiesburg, MS, Dr. McLelland received degrees in organ performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, The Eastman School of Music, and The University of Alabama, where he studied with Paul Andersen, Russell Saunders, and Warren Hutton respectively. Actively involved in professional music organizations, McLelland is currently serving the American Guild of Organists (AGO) as Dean of the Birmingham chapter, and has served as Regional Councillor of the southeast United States, and Dean of the Jackson MS and South MS chapters. He has also held two terms as the Vice President of College and National Auditions for the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. McLelland is a staff member of the Mississippi Episcopal Conference on Church Music & Liturgy.

McLelland performs frequently throughout the eastern United States for churches and AGO chapters and was a featured performer at the 1997 and 2001 Southeast Region Conventions of the AGO. In August of 2003, he accompanied the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Cincinnati in a residency for Salisbury Cathedral, England. In June of 2004, McLelland took the IPC Choir to sing a residency at St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The IPC Choir performed throughout Italy in the summer of 2007, which included singing for Mass at St. Peterís Basilica in Rome.


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