James Cheesman
James Cheesman






James Cheesman - Class of 2012

By the time I was a junior in high school, I felt called to music ministry. I also was very intrigued by Baylor's Church Music program, so I decided to come with my father, a full-time Minister of Music, to the Alleluia Conference the summer before my senior year. At the conference, I met several people, including ministers and composers in the field, Baylor faculty members like Dr. Bradley, and current Church Music students who highly recommended Baylor's Church Music degree program. The experience of learning so much and being encouraged by numerous people at the Alleluia Conference instilled in me a deep desire to want to join the Church Music program at Baylor.

Attending Baylor University has been a wonderful blessing. I have grown tremendously as a student, a musician, and a minister. First of all, I have enjoyed playing and singing in multiple premier quality ensembles, including the Golden Wave Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Men's Choir, and Concert Choir. I have reaped enormous benefits from studying privately with some of the best voice, brass, and piano teachers in the state and in the country. My classes have grown my musicianship skills and ministry awareness in areas where I would never have been so well-equipped without such great curriculum. Yet I think the greatest thing the Church Music program at Baylor has to offer is the faculty's connections, experience, and networks within the church music world. I get the privilege of eating breakfast and having a book discussion once a week with Dr. Terry York, whom I have looked up to since childhood. I have been able to meet the leading composers in the field and most influential Music Ministers in the state of Texas through conferences and the Center for Christian Music Studies' meetings. I have also gained so much wisdom from simply growing to know the Church Music faculty members on a personal level.