Thursday, Jul 22, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius ’70 recognized by Marquis Who's Who
by Adam Grybowski
Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius ’70, a member of Rider University’s Board of Trustees who earned a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College, is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was recently presented by Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles.
“An accomplished listee, Dr. Cornelius celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field,” the organization stated in a press release.
Cornelius is professor emeritus, choral music at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, where he was also a dean and the conductor of the Temple University Singers from 2002 until 2012. He previously served as a music instructor at Mercer County Community College and La Salle University. He is a long-time trustee and current president of The Presser Foundation board of trustees, a private foundation that promotes and supports musical education and musical philanthropy.
In addition to a bachelor’s from Westminster, Cornelius received a Bachelor of Arts from Kings College in 1965, a Master of Music from Temple University in 1972 and a Doctor of Education, also from Temple, in 1986.
During his career, Cornelius performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra among others. In 2014, in recognition of his lifelong devotion to excellence in choral music, Cornelius received the Elaine Brown Award from the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.