Joseph Edward Borden


1987                Doctor of Musical Arts
                       The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky      Major:   Composition

1978                Master of Music
                       Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia                                          Major: Music Education           

1977                Master of Arts
                       University of Northern Colorado, Greely, Colorado                             Major: Curriculum and Instruction

1970                 Bachelor of Music
                        University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia                                              Major: Music Education


1971-1975         United States Army

                                Commissioned Officer.

                                Military Occupational Specialties: Aviator and Combat Engineer

 1975-1982         Member of the Individual Ready Reserve



1995 – Present  ETSU University School, Johnson City, Tennessee – Instructor of Instrumental and Choral Music, Theater Arts, Contemporary Issues and served as Head Baseball Coach through 2012.


Graduate assistant at Georgia State University in research on the evaluation of music teacher competency.


For several years Dr. Borden assisted the Little Theatre of Greeneville, Tennessee as acting Artistic Director. In this capacity, he directed the following productions: "Bell, Book and Candle," "Everybody Loves Opal," "The Homecoming," "High School Musical," "How to Eat Like a Child," "The Spiral Staircase," "The Housekeeper" and "Kilroy Was Here." He performed roles in "Everybody Loves Opal," The Spiral Staircase," "The Housekeeper" and "Kilroy Was Here." Dr. Borden also oversaw the Little Theatre of Greeneville's production of "On Golden Pond."

Most recently, he directed and appeared in the Blue Plum Players production of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

In 1996, Dr. Borden served as musical director and conductor for the musical "Meet Me In St. Louis," a joint production by University School, ETSU, and the Johnson City Community Theater. He has also served as musical director for a number of other productions with the Johnson City Community Theater to include "Hello, Dolly," "Time Warp," "Nunsense," and "Grease." He performed a supporting role in "You Can't Take It With You" and         in the summer of 2002 sang the lead in the musical "Kiss Me Kate." Dr. Borden performed in two musicals based on USO shows for the Jonesborough Repertory Theater. There he also performed the doctor in "Foxfire," Bobby Dwayne Dillahunt in the Tennessee premiere of "The Hallelujah Girls" and "Charlie" in Edward Albee's "Seascape."

At University School, the chorus and instrumental groups have performed many concerts throughout the years on campus, in the community and on tour. Theatrical productions performed by University School students include: "And Then There Was One," "The Sillies," "Charleston," "Sleepy Hollow," "High School Musical," "And Then There Was One, Too," "The Empty Chair," "Fairy Tale TV," "Disaster," "The Monkey's Paw," "Wishful Thinking," "Rapunzel Uncut," "Governing Alice," "They Call Me Danny Brillo," "Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids," "Annie Junior," "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," "Little Women," "Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.," "Sleepy Hollow" (a second production) and "Salem's Daughter." This past year Dr. Borden assisted Ms Ross with "Aristocats" and "Into the Woods." In the spring he directed four one act plays presented by the Theater Arts class.

He has conducted many choral and instrumental groups including the Jasper Jubilee Singers, The Middle Georgia Concert Band, and the Government Issue Chorus. He served two years each as the assistant director and then the director of the Johnson City Community Concert Band in Johnson City, TN.

He has toured extensively nationally and internationally with some of the various performance groups he has conducted. These include the Government Issue Chorus as well as other choral and instrumental ensembles from churches and schools. Tours have included many areas of the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, India and Italy. The University School Singers in April 2006 successfully completed such a tour to Italy. The chorus competed in the Verona, Italy annual international choral competition. As well as giving two local concerts the chorus won a silver challis in the competition. The University School Singers and Instrumental Ensemble have made six trips to Georgia and Florida where they performed in various venues to include at least two or three nursing homes on each trip. They have performed at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on two occasions. In the fall of 2014, the band and chorus sang in Baltimore, MD and observed the 200th anniversary of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Dr. Borden has performed professionally as a trombonist. He has also performed as trombonist with the Macon Concert Band, the Blacksburg, VA. Community Band and the Johnson City Community Concert Band. He sang for a number of years in the auditioned ensemble "The Johnson City Civic Chorale." He currently sings in the Appalachian Men's Ensemble.

Publically performed compositions include:

The Department of Theatre and Dance of East Tennessee State University premiered a new ballet, "The Balloon," composed by Dr. Borden in March 2010 in Veterans Memorial Theatre. Other publically performed major works include "The Sillies"(a book musical); "O Sinner Man"(a band arrangement); "Here in This Place" (a sacred cantata); "The Sunday After Easter" (a sacred musical); "Hosea" (a sacred opera); "Obed the Gardener" (an Easter musical); "A Season of Miracles" (a Christmas oratorio); "Sometimes a Light Surprises" (a commissioned anthem); "Gifts of Love" ( a Christmas cantata); "Lullaby" for ETSU's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream;" several fanfares for the ETSU production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and "Centennial Song" for the ETSU Centennial Celebration. This past year, Dr. Borden composed music for the ETSU production of Euripides' "The Trojan Women." The music was sung and recorded for use in the production by the women of the University School Singers.


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