Stuart P. Gillespie retired in his twenty-sixth year from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut where he was a full professor and the Department Chair of Fine Arts. He was also the Director of Choral Ensembles and a teacher of music history. He is a composer and has published several choral compositions with Pavan Publishers, most recently adding three new pieces to his collection of “Shropshire Lad” pieces written in 1984 to 2011.
During a working sabbatical in 1997, he served as the Dean of Students for Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. During that year he founded the Franklin College Chorus, an auditioned 50 voice performing group of 30 percent Muslim membership. This multi-cultural group sang six different community concerts in nearby Swiss villages. He is a former baritone singer with the United States Army Chorus – Europe from 1965 to 1969.
He was, for eleven years, a singer of historical sea music at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT where in 1976 he recorded an album of Sea Chantey Music to commemorate America’s bicentennial. In 2004 selections from this album were reissued for the Smithsonian Museum Archives in Washington, DC. In 1998 he received the American Choral Directors Association “Outstanding Choral Director of Connecticut” award. He has been the recipient of the “Connecticut Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award” for Community colleges in 1991 and again in 1999.
He is a past board member of the Litchfield County Children’s Choir, The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, and the Naugatuck Valley Community College foundation. As well, he served from 1994 to 2004 on the board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and as Repertory and Standards Chair.
Since moving to Maine in 2004, he has served as adjunct music faculty with the University of Maine Augusta and has taught for the Midcoast Senior College. More recently he had been appointed to their Board of Directors. He is still actively composing choral music, and with his wife, Carol they enjoy sailing the coast of Maine, their four grand children, traveling, and gardening.