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David W. Music

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David W. Music is Professor of Church Music at Baylor University, where he has taught since 2002. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as director of the annual Baylor Sacred Harp sing. From 2003 to 2012 he was Graduate Program Director in the School of Music.

Prior to coming to Baylor, Music taught on the faculty of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (1990-2002), where he also served as Associate Dean of the Performance Division (1992-96), Acting Associate Dean of the Academic Division (1991-92, 1998-99), and was named to the Thad Roberts Chair of Church Music Ministry (2001-02). His activities at Southwestern included directing the Collegium Musicum, the annual Sacred Harp and chapel carol and hymn sings, and occasional Compline services.

From 1980 to 1990, Music was a member of the music faculty at California Baptist College, Riverside, California, the last five years as Chair of the Fine Arts Division and Music Department. He directed the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and College Singers, played recorder in the Faculty Baroque Ensemble, and served as adjudicator at numerous adult, youth, and children's choir festivals. He also served as full-time Minister of Music at Highland Heights Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee (1977-80), as well as in various part-time church positions in Texas and California. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary (M.C.M. 1973; D.M.A. 1977) and California Baptist College (B. A. 1970).

Music is the author of William J. Reynolds: Church Musician (2013), Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-Century Britain and America: An Annotated Bibliography (2001), Instruments in Church: A Collection of Source Documents (1998), and Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings (1996). He co-authored Church Music in the United States 1760-1901 (2014, with Paul Westermeyer), "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story": A History of Baptist Hymnody in North America (2008, with Paul A. Richardson), A Survey of Christian Hymnody (4th and 5th eds., 1999 and 2010, with Milburn Price), and Singing Baptists: Studies in Baptist Hymnody in America (1994, with Harry Eskew and Paul A. Richardson), and served as editor for We'll Shout and Sing Hosanna: Essays on Church Music in Honor of William J. Reynolds (1998). He has published editions of A Selection of Shape-Note Folk Hymns for A-R Editions' Recent Researches in American Music series (2005), John Weldon's opera The Judgment of Paris for the Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era series (1999), and Oliver Holden (1765-1844): Selected Works in the Music of the New American Nation series (1998).

Music's articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of books, journals, and magazines. His compositions and arrangements include two collections for organ and piano, as well as anthems, service music, hymn texts and tunes, music for recorders, and pieces for handbells.

He served as Editor of The Hymn (the journal of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, 1990-96), as Chair of the Texts and Tunes Committee and one of the editors of Celebrating Grace Hymnal (2010), and as Chair of the New Materials Subcommittee for The Baptist Hymnal (1991). He is a member of the Society for American Music; the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada; the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; the Baptist History and Heritage Society, and the Baptist Church Music Conference, which he served as President (2001-02) and Educational Division Vice-President (1992-1994).


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