About our Director
Cliff Ganus III joined the Harding faculty in 1968. Chair of the department, professor of music, and director of choral activities, he directs the Chorus and the fine arts concert series and teaches music history, conducting, and hymnology. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association. For 13 years he served as the Southwest Division Chairman of the ACDA Committee on Youth and Student Activities, and he is now the newsletter editor and vice-president for the Arkansas ACDA chapter. He was the founding chairman of the Foothills Arts Council and is a past president of the Arkansas Music Educators Association and of the Searcy Lions Club. In addition, he is active as an adjudicator and clinician. In the springs of 1996 and 2003 Dr. Ganus was presented Distinguished Teacher Awards by the University.
Dr. Ganus completed his undergraduate work at Harding. He received the Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral literature and performance from the University of Colorado.
His wife, the former Debbie Lynn of Memphis, received her bachelor's and master's degrees at Harding and her doctorate from Bakke Graduate University. They have four children: Sherrill, Bill, Cliff, and Landon.
Cliff Ganus is a renowned choral conductor/educator with an outstanding reputation. The singers under his direction gain a musical experience that is, for many, life changing. He and his singers bring to the listener a spiritual as well as an emotional dimension. - Eph Ehly