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By, John Pawlenko
February 28, 2016
Waking up every Sunday, and singing tenor at Canton First United Methodist Church (UMC), Dr.Dennis McIntire enjoys his life with music. For more than a dozen years, McIntire taught a variety of music classes to college students.
“When I first worked at Reinhardt, there were only three music professors, and now there are over twenty professors,” recalled the retired dean of music.
Born and raised in Hannibal Missouri, he traveled his way along the Mississippi River, eventually acquire his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Missouri State and Southern Mississippi Universities
“The higher degrees you have, the better the job you can get. In college, they want a doctoral degree, and for secondary school, they want an undergraduate or higher,” explained the retired dean of Reinhardt School of Music.
Before he worked at Reinhardt, he worked at West Lake High School in Mississippi, where he achieved many goals.
“When I was the conducting at the high school, I won state and region music competitions many times, and my choir, got invited to the Regional ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conference two or three times,” McIntire said.
Dr.McIntire also attained personal accomplishments along the way. Nominated for two Grammys, he was also part of a brass band that got nominated for the Dubb Awards. He performed with his brass band on national television in Beijing.
“Just being on the only one national broadcasting station in China, was really exciting, and being nominated for a Grammy was really exciting for one of my great accomplishments,” “McIntire smiled remembering the experience.”
Dr. McIntire, a consummate professional and a wonderful mentor, summed it up well, “To be a great musician, you need to know Music Theory and learn how to play the piano.”
Final words of wisdom from the maestro follow your dreams.
“For the people entering the field, enjoy, you will never regret, because it’s the best field to enter in.”