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Dr. Keith DeFoor

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Music

(706) 379-5156
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Dr. DeFoor joined the Young Harris College faculty in 1998 and was named Chair of the Division of Fine Arts in 2003. He was appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2009.

Dr. DeFoor earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Shorter College and his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and PhD. in Music Theory from Florida State University.  His teachers include Elizabeth Buday (piano), Edward Kilenyi (piano), Peter Spencer (theory), Ralph Tilden (organ) and Robert Steinbauer (piano).

Dr. DeFoor has been a featured piano soloist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (FL).  Dr. DeFoor has been a presenter consultant for the Georgia Council for the Arts and has served as Piano Division Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Dr. DeFoor is a Past President of the Georgia Music Teachers Association and is an institutional evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

At Young Harris College, Dr. DeFoor has led five European Study Tours and one China Study Tour.  In addition, Dr. DeFoor is the organist at the First United Methodist Church of Union County (Blairsville).