Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SBU Annual Church Music Workshop January 31 - February 2

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Annual Church Music Workshop will be held Thursday, January 31 through Saturday, February 2. Headlining the event is concert pianist and composer Joseph Martin

A native of North Carolina and a member of the staff of Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, Martin has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. His first solo piano recording, American Tapestry, was nominated for a Dove Award. This album, along with his other recordings (Songs of the Journey, Celtic Tapestry, and A Christmas Tapestry) has been enormously popular in the sacred and secular markets. He has recorded for Yamaha's Disklavier series and has composed hundreds of commissioned works.Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular, Martin’s music is published by numerous publishing houses. Over twelve hundred compositions are currently in print and the list continues to grow.

Associate Dean for the School of Music at Liberty University, Lavon Gray will lead sessions on worship and worship planning. Gray is chairman of the Worship Studies Department at Liberty and leads the Center for Music and Worship, which is the largest worship training program in the world.  Prior to joining the faculty at Liberty, Gray served as Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at the historic First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi, leading one of the premier music ministries in the United States. As part of his leadership role at First Baptist of Jackson, Gray directed the 350-voice sanctuary choir and gave oversight to a ministry with over 1,300 members of all ages. In addition, he served on the senior leadership team, providing vision and day-to-day administration to one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention with a membership of over seven-thousand.  
Rounding out the workshop faculty is SBU’s own Robert Carney. Carney is in his third year as Assistant Professor of Music at Southwest Baptist University. A versatile pianist and dedicated teacher, Dr. Carney consistently finds unique and creative ways for approaching the concert stage and the piano studio. His concert programs frequently feature hidden gems in the piano literature, including contemporary works by American composers such as Corigliano, Menotti, Rzewski, and Liebermann. While in the Dallas area, Dr. Carney built a large and successful studio with students receiving top awards in numerous local, regional, and international piano competitions. Dr. Carney's doctoral research focused on defining a new pedagogical paradigm for integrating Web-based instruction with traditional instruction in the piano studio.  As a soloist and collaborative pianist, Dr. Carney has performed throughout the Midwest, South, and East Coast. He has appeared as soloist with the Louisiana State University and Missouri State University Orchestras.

A public concert will be offered during the workshop on Friday evening, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus. Joseph Martin and the Missouri Music Men and Brass will be featured in the concert. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Dr. Martha Hicks at (417) 328-1633.

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