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.

1984-1995         Blacksburg Baptist Church, Blacksburg, Virginia       Associate Pastor, Primary responsibilities included the Ministry through Music and worship planning as well as other pastoral duties.

1979-1981        Directed and taught in his own music studio

1975-1979        Monroe County School System, Monroe County, Georgia. Music teacher: Taught elementary (K-6) classroom music and junior high school chorus.

1970-1971         Washington County School System, Washington County, Georgia. Music teacher: Taught elementary band and junior and senior high school chorus.


2004 – 2006         First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tennessee. Interim Choir Director: Directed Adult, Youth and Children's Choirs.

1992 - Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia -Taught Choral Arranging and Music Classroom Methods.

1981 – 1984         Baptist Tabernacle Church, Louisville, Kentucky – Part-time choir director.

1981-1984           The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky-Taught Form and Analysis to masters degree students. Also taught basic music fundamentals in team teaching role in music classes for ministerial students.

1982-1983           The Urseline-Pitt School, Louisville, Kentucky-A year and a half as music teacher for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. The students were physically and mentally challenged.

1978-1979           Tift College, Forsyth, Georgia-Three terms teaching Music Education and Music Appreciation.


During the 1970's served as interim choir director for six different churches prior to entering seminary in 1981.

Presented church music seminars in Richmond, Virginia, Jacksonville, Florida and at the India Baptist Convention Pastor's Conference in Cochin, Kerala, India. 

Founded The Music School at Blacksburg Baptist Church in the fall of 1990. Based on a curriculum of comprehensive music education, the school offered classes for two years old children through those in grade six.

Student teacher supervisor with the Monroe County Public Schools.           

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."

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.

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." 

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.