John Blackburn
John Blackburn

John L. Blackburn is the Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Philip's Episcopal Church of Beeville, having previously served as Director of Music Ministries at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church and Organist for Temple Rodef Shalom, both in Waco. Currently, Mr. Blackburn is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Coastal Bend College, Beeville Campus. Mr. Blackburn is a graduate of Baylor University, receiving his Bachelor degree in Church Music with Organ Emphasis and a Master of Music in Church Music degree from Baylor. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, Pi Kappa Lamba, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and The Royal School of Church Musicians.

Mr. Blackburn has also participated in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Judith and Gerre Hancock. During his years at Baylor University, his primary professors included Joyce Jones, David Music, Terry York and Randall Bradley. Mr. Blackburn has served as Organist and Music Administrative Assistant at Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.

As a musician for sacred service, Mr. Blackburn has excelled at the art of improvisation. He has performed, lectured and coached other organists and pianists in this field. He is also the founder of Music in the Nave, a concert series in Beeville, Texas, which brings noted musicians and ensembles from around the world to a smaller community.

He has also assisted the American Guild of Organists by serving the Central Texas Chapter first as Dean, and later as Secretary. Mr. Blackburn has served on the board of Schola Cantorum of Texas, a professional choir based in Fort Worth, and as a lecturer, teacher and performer for several Pipe Organ Encounters, a national effort to teach both youth and adults how to play the organ.

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