Mr. Sweat

John E. Sweat

Director of Orchestras and Guitar Ensemble

[email protected]

478-779-4853 office

478-951-7515 cell

Currently in his 24th year of teaching in the Bibb County Public Schools (Macon, GA), John Sweat is the director of orchestras and the guitar ensemble at Howard High School.  John holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.  In addition to teaching at the high school level, he has served as adjunct faculty for both Wesleyan College and Mercer University.  In 2013, John received the inaugural Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.   

Under his direction, the Howard High School Orchestra program has earned consistent superior ratings from the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation.  The orchestras have performed for several local organizations such as senior citizens communities, children’s hospitals and shelters.  They have also performed at the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta, The Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, Charleston, SC and St. Augustine, FL. 

John serves as the GMEA District XI Vice Chair and has served of the District Chair for the Orchestra Division as well.  He is active as an adjudicator for other districts throughout the state.  John has presented sessions at the Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences and the 2020 American String Teachers National Conference.  John currently serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair at Howard High School and was the 2019-2020 Howard High Teacher of the Year.  He has been a member of several symphony orchestras in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, including a 20-year tenure with the Macon Symphony. 

John is also the organist for Forsyth United Methodist Church and is married to Jennifer, Head of Middle School at Stratford Academy in Macon.  They have three beautiful children – Brian, Amber, and John Mark.

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