South Shore United Methodist Church in Chicago has appointed the Rev. Dr. Maurice Collins (MM, ’67) to serve as the Minister of Music for the church. Along with his Master’s degree from Roosevelt, Rev. Collins also earned his doctorate from Southern Illinois University. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Chicago State University and finished his Associates of Arts degree from the City Colleges of Chicago.
The Reverend has a long and illustrious musical career that includes serving as minister of music for churches throughout the country, including in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. He served as conductor at Greater Bethesda Baptist Church in Chicago, and music director for Saint Timothy Community Church in Gary as well as for Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as minister of music in various posts, he has also directed the Gary Civic Choral for ten years; he is also the founder of the Chicago Alpha-Omega Chorale.
Along with his musical career, Rev. Collins has been a member of several civic and professional organizations, including serving as vice president of the Chicago Music Association. Among his many accolades, he was lauded as “Most Outstanding Director” from the Chicago Music Association. He currently teaches music as an adjunct with Wilber Wright College in Chicago.
South Shore United Methodist Church announced the appointment on January 23, 2012.