Chair, Director, and Professor of Music
Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Bach
Office: 139 Keene Hall
Dr. John V. Sinclair serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College. He is celebrating his 20th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is the conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals.
He earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Musically he is known for creative interpretations, expressive conducting style, and innovative programming. During the past fifteen years he has made over seven hundred appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the United States and many foreign countries.
Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and numerous Bach Festival recordings.
A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award and Grant, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship. For two consecutive years he was selected as the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida and the Florida International Magazine selected him as one of their “Power Players in the Arts.”
Dr. Sinclair founded the Rollins College Community School of Music and the Bach Society’s Arts-in-Education program, FreshStARTS, which takes innovative music programs to thousands of public school students in central Florida each year.