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Eli Yanson

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Department of Music Theory and Technology
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • DMA, Conducting, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • ThB, Theology, Baptist Bible Seminary & Institute
  • MMus, Church Music - Conducting, Bob Jones University
  • BMus, Piano, Bob Jones University

About Eli

Eliezer Yanson Jr. is associate professor of music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, where he conducts the Concert Choir and Lyric Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate music classes. He earned a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, a master of music degree in church music (conducting) and a bachelor of music in piano performance from Bob Jones University. Additionally, he holds a bachelor of theology degree from Baptist Bible Seminary & Institute in his native Philippines. His main conducting mentors have been Larry Wyatt and Warren Cook. Eliezer has also worked and studied with André Thomas, Don Portnoy, Paul Vermel, Dian Tchobanov and Hilary Apfelstadt.

An active adjudicator and clinician, Eliezer has conducted choirs and clinics in the Philippines, Thailand, Bulgaria, and the U.S. and is the 2015 3rd Prize Winner of The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Chorus Division. Recently, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Bob Jones University Singers, BJU’s freshman choir he directed from 2010 – 2016. In the summer of 2016, he led the University Singers and Alumni on their first international tour and presented concerts in Hungary and Austria.

Eliezer is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (South Carolina R&S Chair, college and university choirs), International Federation for Choral Music, National Collegiate Choral Organization (South Carolina national board member), National Association for Music Education, Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi Kappa Lambda. Eliezer’s scholarly pursuits have led him to present at IFCM, ACDA, NCCO, and NAfME events, including the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music held in Seoul, South Korea.  He is also a competitive runner and badminton, tennis and volleyball player. While passionate about conducting and teaching, Eliezer’s greatest role is being husband to Martha and father to Isabella and Andre.