African American Fellowship Final Presentation: Horace Scruggs

Aug 18, 2024

1:00 pm — 2:00 pm

Central Elementary School
Palmyra, VA

Teaching and conducting professionally since 1985, Horace Scruggs is an active musician, conductor, composer, educator and documentary filmmaker. Mr. Scruggs holds a Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in voice from Longwood University and a Master’s in Music Education with a choral conducting concentration from Shenandoah Conservatory. He also holds a Certificate in Music Production from Berklee College of Music. 

Over his 35 years as a music educator, Mr. Scruggs has had varied experiences. He has taught all grade levels (K-12) and worked professionally with school, community and church choirs and ensembles. He has also conducted all-county and all-district choirs throughout Virginia. A multi-instrumentalist and recording studio owner, he has produced recordings for many local musicians, bands and choirs.

His educational experience has included teaching four levels of choral Music: Class Piano, Guitar and Music Technology at the High School level. Mr. Scruggs has also been an adjunct faculty member at Piedmont Virginia Community College, where he conducted the PVCC Chorus and taught classes in Music Appreciation and the History of Jazz. A choral composer and arranger, Mr. Scruggs’s publications focus on authentic renditions of African American Music. He has also taught classes for the University of Virginia’s Osher Life-Long Institute. 

Mr. Scruggs also performs lectures and concerts, providing in-depth presentations on the history of African American music and cultural history. Whether performing solo or with a full band and vocal ensemble, these concerts are entertaining and informational. Subjects have included “The Odyssey of Soul,” “The History of Gospel: Not So Straight and Narrow,” “Love, Peace and Soul-diers: The Defiant Music of the Civil Rights Movement,” and “A View from a Train: Music of the Underground Railroad.”

Upon retiring from public education in 2020, Mr. Scruggs began producing documentary films about African American history and culture. He has produced documentaries for Virginia Humanities, James Monroe’s Highland, the Fluvanna Historical Society and the Fluvanna Arts Council. His films include Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth: Sustaining Hope in Trying Times (2021), Reconstructed:The Rebuilding of African-American Communities Through Faith and Education (2022), Reclaiming the River (2022), Traveling Our Ancestors’ Journey: A Descendants’ Reunion (2023). 

To share the history and culture of African Americans, Mr. Scruggs seeks to map historic sites in Fluvanna County and engage the community’s descendants in discovering its storied past.

Mr. Scruggs lives in Palmyra, Virginia, with his wife, Theresa. Their two grown daughters, Hannah and Sarah, are also involved in genealogy and historic preservation.

Final presentation will be in person and virtual, we hope you can attend! Link to attend virtually coming soon.