Deen Entsminger is a Professor of Music at Belmont University School of Music. He has taught in the School of Music since 1988 and currently coordinates the undergraduate music education program, directs the Belmont Chamber Singers, teaches courses in music theory, private composition, secondary choral methods, first-year seminar, mentors students in the undergraduate honors and graduate music education program. Dr. Entsminger earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University, a Master of Music in Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Entsminger has over thirty published compositions with Colla Voce and the Musical Source Publishing. He has been a guest conductor for many festivals in Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. In March of 1998, he conducted the West Virginia All-State Chorus. Since 1995, he has served as choral director for the Shenandoah Performing Arts camp at his Alma Mater in Winchester, Virginia. He is a visiting Professor at Shenandoah University, teaching advanced conducting for students in the Master's and Doctoral programs.
In October of 2002, Dr. Entsminger was chosen by the faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory to receive the Alumnus of Excellence Award. In 1994, he was chosen by his colleagues and students at Belmont University to receive the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award, the University's highest commendation, which recognizes outstanding teaching and service to the University and community. He is a member of Music Educator's National Conference and a life member of the American Choral Director's Association.
Dr. Entsminger's daughter, Heather, attends Belmont as an English Literature major and sings in the ensemble her father conducts.
Contact Information: (615) 460-8207.