Jerold Ottley (1934-2021) never imagined himself a public figure, his shock of white hair easily recognized in a crowd. With his doctoral degree in pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching), he pictured himself at a university school of music for his career. So how did he become so easily recognized by television viewers across the nation? How did he find himself dining with kings and dignitaries in far off lands? How did this humble, happy soul whose humor delighted those around him fill music halls, radio, and television with a love for the spirit and the divine?
He became the 13th conductor of The Tabernacle Choir. So much for his quiet nature.