Minister of Music (Ext. 110)
Lennis Cooper, Jr. received a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on May 13, 2001 and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a minor in Computer Science.
Affiliations during his collegiate career include membership in the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference, membership in the American Choral Directors Association, membership in Phi Mu Alpha Music Sinfonia, membership in Cornelia Strong Honors College, past Treasurer and President of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and Vice-President of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle Chapter of the Thomas A. Dorsey National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
Mr. Cooper began his music ministry at the age of fourteen at Union Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina. While at Union, he was the musician/choir director for the Grady Davis Senior Choir, Male Chorus, Sunday School Department, and Voices In Union. He also rendered service for the Male Chorus of Cain’s Chapel Baptist Church of Hillsborough, North Carolina. His other church affiliations include Community Baptist Church of Durham, Trinity A.M.E. Zion of Greensboro, Shiloh Baptist Church of Greensboro, and United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem.
Additionally, Mr. Cooper has taught private piano and voice in Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina. He served as the Gospel Piano and Gospel Voice Instructor at the Music Academy of North Carolina in Greensboro. For almost thirteen years, he was the choral director of Mendenhall Middle School of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Currently, Mr. Cooper serves as the Minister of Music and Fine Arts of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church. He maintains private voice and piano students within the triad area. Mr. Cooper continues to explore additional career and educational options including higher education instruction and the pursuit of a doctorate degree.