Instructor of Music
A.S. in Music Education from Wallace State College B.A. in Music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama D.M.A in Voice and Music History from the University of Memphis
Areas of Instruction
Instructor of Music
Dr. Joe McClellan has had a unique career as a lyric tenor, teacher, worship leader and pastor. The son of a pastor, Joe has spent his life in the church serving and leading in worship in various capacities from a very early age. He began touring as a gospel singer in his sophomore year of college with the regional men’s quartet, The Brethren. He then joined the Mississippi based group Crossway as the tenor vocalist singing concerts across the southeast. Desiring to be the best
steward of his gift of singing, Joe felt led to continue training musically. He left Crossway to study classical voice and to finish his degree in music. As a student he was blessed to perform and travel in a variety of ensembles ranging in style from vocal jazz, pop, and gospel to classical choral repertoire and opera. Joe’s eclectic musical background has enabled him to develop a versatile approach to singing and leading that has served him well as a worship leader in
the local church.
As a classical artist he has performed various operatic roles and made several concert appearances in the United States and Europe. Dr. McClellan’s opera roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Camille in The Merry Widow, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, and the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, among others. His concert repertoire includes solos in Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, and Britten‘s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. He has performed with Opera Birmingham, Opera Memphis, Como Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Port Opera.
As a teacher, Dr. McClellan has taught applied voice and music appreciation at the University of Memphis and has been a vocal instructor and ensemble director at the University of Mobile. As a worship leader, Joe has been on staff at churches in Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. He has been the Worship Pastor at The Point Church in Pensacola, Florida since 2008. In addition to leading worship in the weekly gatherings, he has also been blessed to work in other pastoral roles at The Point including Campus Pastor at the Elberta, Alabama campus and most recently transitioning to being the Executive Pastor overseeing the staff and operations of The Point Church global.
He holds an A.S. in Music Education from Wallace State College, B.A. in Music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama, and a D.M.A in Voice and Music History from the University of Memphis. In addition to his musical training, Joe is currently pursuing a Master of Ministry Management degree from the Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University in South Carolina.