Subject Area: Voice, Conducting
Rev. Lee Chitwood is a native of Williamston, South Carolina and has been the Minister of Music at First Baptist of Newnan since August of 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina and a Master of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with concentration in voice. Lee has extended study with Peter Halverson in voice and Rene Clausen in conducting at Concordia College in Fargo, North Dakota and Anton Armstrong in conducting at St. Olaf College in St. Paul, Minnesota during sabbatical study in 2005.
Rev. Chitwood has performed solo work in the continental United States, Alaska, Russia and Romania. Major works include Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, Greg Nelson and Bob Farrell’s Saviour and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Lee is an advocate for youth choirs hosting the Georgia Baptist Youth Choir Festival in 2004 and served as guest conductor in 2005. Lee has also been featured Youth Choir Clinician at Church Music Georgia for the Georgia Baptist Convention in 2008 and 2009, the Church Music Conference of The Southern Baptist Convention in 2010 and the Tennessee Baptist Convention Church Music Conference in 2011. For the past 20 years Lee has taken youth choirs on annual tours across the United States and abroad to Europe and Japan. Since 2008 Lee has been adjunct professor at Brewton Parker College teaching Church Music and Worship. Lee is a member of two professional choral groups, The Sons of Jubal and the 2000 Grammy nominated male chorus The Century Men and has been soloist in both groups.
Lee and his wife Andrea have two girls, Ashlee Grace and Abbey Rose.