Len Willingham is a Rome native with a Bachelor of Music from Berry College and a Master’s in Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He retired as Minister of Music from First United Methodist Church in Rome in 2010, after serving churches in Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia. Len is also an adjunct music faculty member at Georgia Highlands College. In addition, he has performed bass solos in numerous works, and worked with singers of all ages, preparing soloists for works by Handel, Bach, Menotti, Rutter, Britten and Schwartz, and for All-State auditions at various levels. He has taught private voice lessons and received numerous awards and honors related to his musical endeavors.
Joan Hill, accompanist, is a graduate of Shorter College with a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance. She also earned a Master of Music in organ performance from East Carolina University, and did additional graduate study, including performance concert, at Southern Baptist Seminary. Joan has been organist at churches in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina, as well as accompanying choirs, ensembles, and soloists in churches, schools, and communities. She is currently organist at First Baptist Church in Rome. She retired in 2010 after 24 years of teaching public school music.