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Greeneville High School Names Next Choral Music Director
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
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The Greeneville City School system is pleased to announce Mr. Daniel Varnell as the next Choral Music Director of Greeneville High School.  Mr. Varnell replaces Ms. Kathy May who retired in the spring.

Mr. Varnell has served as a teacher at Knoxville Catholic High School for the past seven years.  He built the program there from its inception to now including Irish Ensemble Honors, Beginning Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Music Theory AP, and Music Appreciation. Daniel also taught Algebra 1 in the Mathematics department while building the Choral program.

Mr. Varnell’s education experience began in 2008 by receiving his Bachelors of Music Education-Vocal K-12 and a Minor in Mathematics 7-12 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He also attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he received his Masters of Choral Conducting in 2010.

Over the past twelve years, he has been highly active in the choral community serving as Director of Music at East Ridge United Methodist Church, Intern with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, Graduate Assistant at Emory University where he conducted the Mastersinger for graduate recital and organized the Choral Library. He also served most recently as Interim Director of Music at St. Paul UMC, Fountain City, directing the Chancel Choir and assisting with planning and leading worship services.

Mr. Varnell’s professional affiliations include membership in the East TN Vocal Association, serving as SATB Honor Choir Chair, Tennessee Music Education Association, American Choral Directors Association, Professional Choral Ensemble Singing Experience and National Association for Music Education.

“I'm excited and honored to become part of the GHS team!  I'm looking forward to meeting an incredible group of students and continuing the tradition of excellence in music at GHS.” Said Varnell.

Greeneville High School Principal Patrick Fraley remarked, “We are ecstatic to have Daniel join us to lead our Choral Music Department. It became very apparent in the hiring process that he was an outstanding candidate.  The work he has done to develop and build the program at Knoxville Catholic from the ground up has shown that he is very hard worker and is a master at his craft.  We look forward to having him join our faculty and students this fall and continuing the excellence that our Choral Department has exemplified.”


Mr. Daniel Varnell and his wife Sarah have three beautiful young daughters Grace (4), Allison (3) and Elizabeth (4 months).  Daniel will assume his new role beginning with the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.