Dr. Tony McNeill affectionately known at "Dr. T.," is a sought-after workshop clinician, lecturer, consultant, mentor, and guest choral conductor throughout the country. He currently serves as Interim Choral Director at Texas Southern University (TSU). Prior to coming to TSU in 2017, Dr. McNeill served almost five years as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Atlanta's Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, “America's Freedom Church." In addition to his work at TSU, Dr. McNeill is a member of the staff of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS), based in Atlanta, where he serves as Program Director for the JCSTS Certificate in Worship Leadership. Dr. McNeill also renders his gifts as a Visiting Artist at the Park Avenue Christian Church of New York City.
He has presented at the Hampton Ministers Conference (Choir Directors' and Organists' Guild), Duke Divinity School, the American Baptist College (Nashville, TN), Shaw University, and served as Artist-in-Residence for the past five (5) years at Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ) for The Black Theology and Leadership Institute. From 2010 through 2012, Dr. McNeill served as a Visiting Lecturer in Choral Music at his alma mater, Appalachian State University in Boone.
Dr. McNeill is a former member and assistant director for Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers. He has prepared choirs for: Richard Smallwood, CeCe Winans, Maurette Brown Clark, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Daryl Coley, and Donald Lawrence. In 2013, Dr. McNeill conducted his arrangement of the National Anthem for the 75th NCAA Basketball Tournament in Atlanta, GA featuring Avery*Sunshine. He has extensive experience and passion for music ministry organization and administration, worship education, worship leader/clergy professional development, and mentoring. His current research interests include: the convergence of song and sacrament, leadership and performance practices of congregational song in black churches, and exploring connections between worship, ethics, and justice.
Dr. McNeill earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Appalachian State University, with an emphasis in piano and choral music, a Master’s degree in choral conducting from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Jacksonville, FL).
Dr. McNeill is the first African American to serve on the Deans Advisory Board for the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. He is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity (music fraternity) and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Born and raised in Erwin, NC, he is the youngest of five children born to the late Charles Winston McNeill, Sr. and Bessie Campbell McNeill. The opportunity humbles Dr. McNeill to serve the students and the community of Texas Southern University.