Dr. Eliezer Yanson Jr.
Director of Choral Activities
Eliezer Yanson Jr. is an associate professor of music and the director of choral activities at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama where he conducts the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and Civic Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate music classes. Prior to coming to JSU, Eliezer served on the music faculty at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina for nine years. He earned a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, a master of music degree in church music (conducting) and a bachelor of music in piano performance from Bob Jones University. His main conducting mentors have been Larry Wyatt and Warren Cook. Eliezer has also worked and studied with André Thomas, Don Portnoy, Paul Vermel, Dian Tchobanov and Hilary Apfelstadt.
An active adjudicator and clinician, Eliezer has conducted choirs and clinics in the United States, Thailand, Bulgaria, and in his native Philippines. He was the 2015 3rd Prize Winner of The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Chorus Division and has appeared in Carnegie Hall as conductor in 2015 and 2018. Choirs under his direction have appeared in state ACDA and NAfME events. Eliezer is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation for Choral Music, National Collegiate Choral Organization (National Board Member 2013 – 2019), and Pi Kappa Lambda. His scholarly pursuits have led him to present at IFCM, ACDA, NCCO, NAfME, and Choral Canada events, including the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music held in Seoul, South Korea. While passionate about conducting and teaching, Eliezer’s greatest role is being husband to Martha and father to Isabella and Andre.