Lucile Christine Lacy
Lucile Lacy is professor of music education at Oakwood College, now University, where she has taught since 1972. In addition to teaching piano and several music education classes, Lacy also has taught music appreciation for over thirty years.
Lacy served as chair of the music department for fifteen years, from 1987 to1994 and 1996 to 2004. She also served as Director of Arts and Lectures and as minister of music at OC Campus Church for thirteen years.
A native of Huntsville, she began piano study with Inez Booth while very young. She was not an Adventist during her piano study with Booth. She later related,
When I finished high school, I had scholarship offers to attend two schools, one of those being Fiske University. When Booth learned about this, she said, "Well, you haven't been on our campus, why don't you come to Oakwood? I said, "Well, I think I want to go away from home." She said "Well, let's get in the car and go up there right now."
We went upon the campus and I met several students, spent some time there, and, at the end of the day, was registered at Oakwood College. In my first class, one in English, we were all sitting there waiting for the class to begin when the teacher said, "You, in that short skirt there, why don't you pray for us." I said, "Do you want me to pray?" and kind of chuckled. Everyone bowed their head and I thought, "That's kind of odd."
I learned about Seventh-day Adventists while at Oakwood. I joined the church a year after I graduated.
Lacy graduated in 1968 from OC with a B.A. in music, one of three music graduates. She then completed an M.M.E. at George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 1971 and a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 1985.
She has served as a music consultant at state and national levels and been the recipient of many awards, including recognition in Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in American Music and Musicians, and Who's Who in Religion. She is also listed in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.
Sources: Interview with Lucile Lacy, 21 November 2006; Oakwood University website music faculty listing, 2012.