February 17, 2019


A native of Mississippi, John Odom holds a Ph.D. in Music Education, a Master of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied with Dr. William Weinert, currently the Director of Choral Studies at the Eastman School of Music. He also holds a Master of Church Music degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming to Georgia, Odom taught choral music in Mississippi for thirteen years at the junior high and high school levels. While completing his doctoral residency at the University of Southern Mississippi, he served as undergraduate advisor and supervisor of student teachers. Dr. Odom authored “A Vocal Hygiene Program for High School Choral Students”, a five part program investigating the anatomy of the vocal mechanism, behaviors harmful to the voice, the effects of prescription, non-prescription, and illegal drugs on the voice, and proper care and maintenance of the voice.

In his eleventh year in Georgia, he has served as Director of Choral Activities at Lovejoy High School in Clayton County for five years and is in his sixth year as Director of Choral Activities at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Choirs under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings at District, State, and Regional choral festivals, as well as Superior ratings and Best in Class awards at regional competitions. Dr. Odom’s students have been selected for GMEA All State Honor Choruses, Regional and National ACDA Honor Choruses, and 9 students selected to the Governor’s Honor Program in the past seven years.

Dr. Odom has conducted major works with chorus and orchestra in such venues as the renowned Spivey Hall and the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. These works include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Faure’s Requiem, the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D Major, and Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom and premiered James Mulholland’s Mass Missa Romantica. . He has served as GMEA District Choral Chair, District VI Chair and District Honor Chorus organizing Chair. Dr. Odom is currently the Georgia ACDA High School Repertoire and Standards Chair, and serves on the Spivey Hall Education Committee and the Atlanta Opera Education Committee. He was selected as STAR teacher at Lovejoy High School in 2003 and has been selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1995, 2002, 2004, and 2005.