Curriculum Vitae for Dr. David W. Music


Baylor University

Professor of Church Music, 2002-present.

Director, Baylor Sacred Harp sing (2003-present). Director, Baylor Handbell Choir (2003-2004); Graduate Program Director, School of Music, 2003-2012

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Thad Roberts Professor of Church Music 2001-2002; Professor of Church Music, 1994-2001;Associate Professor of Church Music, 1990-1994; Associate Dean, Performance Division, School of Church Music, 1992-1996; Acting Associate Dean, Academic Division, School of Church Music, 1991-1992, 1998-1999.

Director, Collegium Musicum (1990-1997), annual Sacred Harp sing (1998-2003), annual chapel carol and hymn sings, Compline services, and occasional Taize services.

California Baptist College

Chair, Fine Arts Division and Music Department, 1985-1990; Associate Professor of Music, 1983-1990; Assistant Professor of Music, 1980-1983.

Director, Chamber Singers (1980-1990), College Singers (1985-1990), and Concert Choir (1980-1985). Annual tours and numerous individual performances with Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.

Highland Heights Baptist Church Minister of Music, 1977-1980.

Part-time Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Bedford, TX (1995-2002); First Presbyterian Church, San Bernardino, CA (1988-1990); Palm Baptist Church, Riverside, CA (1981-1985).


Doctor of Musical Arts Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1977. Concentration: Music History.

Master of Church Music Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1973. Concentration: Music History.

Bachelor of Arts California Baptist College, Riverside, California, 1970. Major: Music. Minor: English.



Books and Pamphlets

Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings. Lanham: Scarecros Press, 1996.

Instruments in Church: A Collection of Source Documents. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-Century Britain and America: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Music and Worship: The Emerging Experiences of Baptists. Atlanta: Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2008.

William J. Reynolds: Church Musician. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys Publishing, 2013.

Books (Coauthor or Editor)

Singing Baptists: Studies in Baptist Hymnody in America, by Harry Eskew, David W. Music, and Paul A. Richardson. Nashville: Church Street Press, 1994. (Revised versions of articles previously published in a variety of journals).

We’ll Shout and Sing Hosanna: Essays on Church Music in Honor of William J. Reynolds. Edited by David W. Music. Fort Worth: School of Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1998.

A Survey of Christian Hymnody by William J. Reynolds and Milburn Price. 4th ed., rev. and enl. by David W. Music and Milburn Price. Carol Stream: Hope Publishing Company, 1999. 5th ed., rev. and enl. by David W. Music and Milburn Price. Carol Stream: Hope Publishing Company, 2010.

“I Will Sing the Wondrous Story": A History of Baptist Hymnody in North America. By David W. Music and Paul A. Richardson. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2008. Church Music in the United States 1760-1901 by David W. Music and Paul Westermeyer. Saint Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2014.

Church Music in the United States 1760-1901. By David W. Music and Paul Westermeyer. Saint Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2014.

For a complete list of Dr. Music's publications, please click here.

Miscellaneous Activities

Papers, Lectures, and Presentations at Baylor University

Center for Christian Music Studies Alleluia Conference workshop presentations

2006 "Creative Hymn Singing"
2007 "So You Want to Write an Article on Church Music!"
2008 "Recent Congregational Songs"
2009 "Tried and True Choral Favorites"
2010 "Tried and True Choral Works for the Average Church Choir"
2011 "Recent American Hymn Writers"
2012 "Baylor/Waco Hymn Writers"
2013 "The Efficient Choir Rehearsal"
2014 "Recent American Hymn Writers"

Center for Christian Music Studies Hearn Symposium on Music and the Church

2002 Panelist for breakout session

Center for Christian Music Studies Building the Next Generation of Worship Leaders Conference

2008 Planner/coordinator of morning worship services, and Cantor/director for evening Compline service

Center for Christian Music Studies Colloquium on Baptist Hymnody

2009 Principal planner and coordinator. Read paper "Krishna Pal's 'O Thou My Soul Forget No More' and 'Global Hymnody' Among Nineteenth-Century Baptists"

Center for Ministry Effectiveness

2008 Principal planner for Symposium on the Renewal of Congregational Song

Faculty Vesper Services

2003, 2004 Music leader for one service each semester

Mid-winter Organ Conference

2003 Panelist on "Current Directions in Church Music"
2007 Presenter, "Creative Hymn Singing"; narrator for hymn festival with organist Robert Hobby
2009 Presenter, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Compiling a Hymnal"

Scholars Day

2003 Presenter, "John Newton's Sermons on Handel's Messiah"

Center for Christian Ethics/Institute for Faith and Learning Seminar, "In the Image of God"

2003 Panelist

Annual Bible Conference

2002 Music Leader

Alumni Homecoming Worship Service

2002 Music Leader

Alumni Association Learning Seminars

2011 Four presentations on various aspects of hymnody

Papers, Lectures, Presentations, etc. at California Baptist College

1982 Honor's Day Convocation Address

1982 Hymn Festival in Chapel

1981 Faculty Performance Lab lecture on the recorder

1982 Faculty Performance Lab lecture on Handel's Messiah

Papers, Lectures, Presentations at Other Universities, Colleges, and Seminaries

Belmont University

2005 Peer reviewed paper "Come Join In and Help Me to Sing: B. F. White and E. J. King as Tune Book Editors" at Conference on American Hymnody

California Baptist College

1991 Invited guest Performance Lab lecture on American folk hymnody

Calvin College Summer Workshop Seminar on Teaching Hymnology

2006 Invited presentation on "Electronic Resources for Teaching and Studying Hymnology"

Carson-Newman College

2005 Invited lecture on "Historic Baptist Hymnody," chapel speaker, and panelist (twice) for conference on "The Song of the Church"

Concordia University Chicago

2010 Invited keynote address "Tradition vs. Innovation in Church Music" and workshop presentation on "Creative Hymn Singing" for Lectures in Church Music

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

1986 Invited Guest lectures on Baptist hymnody

Hardin-Simmons University Symposium on Church Music Directions for the Twenty-First Century

1994 Presented peer-reviewed paper on "Renewing Church Music Through a Rediscovery of the Past"

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Symposium on Baptist Hymnody

1982 Invited paper on "The Hymns of Benjamin Keach" for hymnology symposium

Oklahoma Baptist University Music History Lecture Series

2003 Invited presentation on "Shape-Note Hymnody in the American South"

Perkins School of Theology

2001 Invited guest lecture on the Sacred Harp for church music class

Shenandoah University Church Music Workshop

2010 Seven invited presentations on congregational song

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

1980 Invited paper presentation on "Early Baptist Composers and Tunebooks" for Symposium on Baptist Hymnody
2011 Invited presentation on "Research in Church Music" to doctoral student colloquium
2012 Invited presentation on "American folk hymnody" (doctoral seminar) + "William J. Reynolds" (doctoral colloquium)

Westminster Choir College

2003 Invited lecture on "American Folk Hymnody" for church music students

Papers, Lectures, Presentations at Professional Meetings

Baptist Church Music Conference

2012 Invited plenary paper

2004 Invited panelist for Educational Division breakout session

1981 Baptist Church Music Conference panelist for Educator's Division meeting

Baptist History and Heritage Society annual conference (Lexington, KY)
2010 Invited paper "The Baptist Influence on Revival Music/The Revival Influence on Baptist Music." Hymn leader for all sessions.
California Southern Baptist Church Music Conference
1986 Three brief invited presentations on B. B. McKinney
Calvin Symposium on Worship
2006 Invited leader of Sacred Harp sing and participant on panel on "Congregational Songs for Holy Week"

Glorieta Baptist Conference Center Church Music Weeks

1985 Invited workshop session on "Hymnology and the Local Church"

1976 Invited youth music workshop sessions on music reading

Hymn Society in the United States and Canada annual conference

2013 Sectional presentation (With student Stephen Cowden) on "Parallel Streams: Vatican II & Baptist congregational song"

2011 Invited sectional presentation on revised 5th edition of A Survey of Christian Hymnody

2000 Invited sectional presentation "All Hail the Power: Hymn Tunes by Early American Tunesmiths"

1990 Invited plenary presentation on "350 Years of American Hymnody"

1988 Invited paper "The Wesleys in Early American Hymn and Tune Books"

International Fellowship for Research in Hymnology annual conference (Leuven, Belgium)

1991 Invited paper presentation "Psalmody in Early America," also one of three leaders of festival of American psalmody

Modern Language Association Annual Conference

1991 Invited paper "Cotton Mather and Hymn Singing in Puritan New England" at sectional on "The Arts in Puritan America"

MTAC Riverside chapter meeting

1983 Invited lecture on the recorder


1986 Invited presentation "How to Bring New Life to Congregational Hymn-Singing"

Musicians on Mission Conference (sponsored by Baptist Sunday School Board Church Music Department)

1986 Invited presentation "Music Reading for Choir Members"

National Association of Schools of Music

2001 Invited presentation "The Future of Hymns and Hymnals" for breakout session

PraiSing II (Nashville, TN)

1991 Invited paper presentation "Congregational Song in SBC Churches: The Practices," at Hymnology Seminar

Southern Baptist Church Music Conference

1981 Baptist Church Music Conference panelist for Educator's Division meeting

Adjudication, Clinician, Guest Conducting, etc.

Fort Worth ISD Middle School Honor Choir

1997 Guest conductor

New Mexico Baptist state youth music camp

1984 Guest choral conductor

California Baptist state youth music camp

1982 Honor Choir director

1986 Director of Junior High and High School Choirs

Glorieta Baptist Church Music Leadership Week

1983 Director, Conference Choir

ASCI 4th-6th grade choir festival

1983 Adjudicator and massed choir director

Associational Young Musicians Festival, Wynne, Arkansas

1980 Adjudicator

Associational Youth Choir Festival, Memphis, Tennessee

1979 Adjudicator

Associational Children's Choir Festival, Milan, Tennessee

1978 Adjudicator

Associational Youth Choir Festival, Jackson, Tennessee

1978 Adjudicator

Associational Choir Festival, Weatherford, Texas

1977 Adjudicator

Associational Music Festival, Weatherford, Texas

1977 Adjudicator

Associational Choir Festival, Weatherford, Texas

1976 Adjudicator

Associational Music Festival, Stephenville, Texas

1976 Adjudicator

Associational Choir Festival, Weatherford, Texas

1975 Adjudicator

Major Choral Works Conducted

Johann Sebastian Bach (attr.), For Us a Child Is Born (Cantata 142)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Jesus, Priceless Treasure (motet)

Johann Sebastian Bach, The Spirit Also Helpeth Us (motet)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Wachet Auf (Cantata 140)

Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder Waltzes

Theodore Dubois, The Seven Words of Christ

George F. Handel, Messiah (3 performances)

George F. Handel, Te Deum in D

Hans Leo Hassler, Missa Dixit Maria

Franz J. Haydn, Missa Brevis Sti. Joannes de Deo

Guillaume de Machaut, Messe de Notre Dame

Felix Mendelssohn, The Conversion of St. Paul

Felix Mendelssohn, Elijah (2 performances)

Wolfgang Mozart, Requiem

Ron Nelson, The Christmas Story

Ron Nelson, What Is Man

Josquin des Prez, Missa Pange Lingua

Buryl Red, Beginnings

Camille Saint-Saëns, Christmas Oratorio

Franz Schubert, Mass in G

R. Vaughan Williams, Five Mystical Songs

Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria

Local Church, Baptist Association, Ministerial Alliance Leadership and Presentations

Interdenominational Easter Sunrise Service sponsored by White Settlement Ministerial Alliance

1974 Conductor of massed choir ("Hallelujah Chorus" and John Stainer's "O Lamb of God")

First Baptist Church, Bellemead, TX

2002 Music Leader, service of lessons and carols

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sherman, TX

2007 Presentation on "The Sacred Harp and Sacred Harp Singing"

Seventh and James Baptist Church, Waco, TX

2002-2013 Guest conductor, one chorus each year in annual Messiah presentation

2003 Chautauqua session on "Six Amazing Hymns"

2004 Chautauqua sessions on psalmody and worship

2006 Youth Chautauqua session on "Christian Worship" (with Timothy R. McKinney)

2008 Lecture on The Broadman Hymnal and Hymn Sing leader for hymns from The Broadman Hymnal

2009 Chautauqua sessions on "Hymns and the Faith"

2010 Chautauqua sessions on "Baptist Contributions to Congregational Song"

2010 Extended music supply (Aug. 22-Sept. 26, 2010)

2013 Chataque sessions on Celebrating Grace hymnal

Supply music director for various individual Sunday services and choir rehearsals

Gambrell Street Baptist Church, (Fort Worth, TX)

2010 presentation on "Four Hundred Years of Baptist Hymnody in Thirty Minutes" at Hymnody Workshop

Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Albuquerque, NM)

2003 Choir retreat leader, guest choir director and preacher for two Sunday morning services

Valley Mills, TX, First Baptist Church

2010 Three brief presentations at hymnal dedication service

Wilshire Baptist Church (Dallas, TX)

2003 Wrote and presented commentary on hymns for hymn festival

Parker/Palo Pinto Baptist Association, TX

2004 Keynote speaker for "Worship Rally"

"As With One Voice: A Festival of Praise," service presented by choirs of churches served by Baylor M.M. Church Music students

2007 Hymn Leader

Music supply for various churches in Texas and California

Congregational Song Leading and Hymn Festivals

Southern Baptist Convention (Los Angeles)

1981 Hymn Leader for one session

California Baptist Convention

1981 Hymn leader for one session

California Southern Baptist Church Music Conference

1982 Hymn Festival Leader

Hymn Society in the United States and Canada

2005 Hymn Leader/coordinator for opening hymn festival, "Hymns with Texas Connections"

2010 Hymn leader/coordinator, Celebrating Grace Hymnal showcase

Center for Christian Music Studies Hearn Symposium on Music and the Church

2004 Hymn Leader/coordinator for evening hymn festival

Seventh and James Baptist Church, Waco, Texas

2012 Leader for hymn festival dedicating Celebrating Grace hymnal

2004 Leader for gospel hymn sing

Editorial Activities

Editor of The Hymn (journal of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada), 1990-1996.

Editorial Board, Bibliographies and Monographs in American Music, 1993-1995.

Editorial Board, Studies in Puritan American Spirituality, 1990-1993.

Editorial Board, Southwestern Journal of Theology, 1991-1992.

Issue Editor, "Changes in Worship," Summer 2000.

Chair, New Materials Subcommittee and member of Hymns Recommendation and Plenary Committees for The Baptist Hymnal (1991), 1986-1991.

Editorial Advisory Board, The Hymn, 1987-1990.

Member of Editorial Team and Chair of Texts and Tunes Committee for Celebrating Grace Hymnal (2010).

Professional Memberships

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Baptist Church Music Conference (President, 2001-2002; Educational Division Vice-President, 1992-1994).

Baptist History and Heritage Society.

Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (member of Executive Committee, 1991-1996).

Society for American Music.


Named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, 2010.

Named an "Outstanding Professor" for scholarship, Baylor University, 2009-2010.

Joseph Daniel Award for Contributions to Baptist Church Music in California, 1991.

Alumnus of the Year, California Baptist College, 1988.

Norman W. Cox Award for "Best Baptist History Article of 1979" presented by Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, 1980.

Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1969-70.