Northcutt Lecture Presents Noted Authority on Christian Music

March 28, 2007

by Dick Veit, School of Music concert and promotions manager, (254) 710-3991

An internationally known composer of church music for the United Methodist Church and the only person to have edited two major hymnals for the same denomination in the 20th century will present Baylor University's 21st annual Northcutt Lecture on April 3.

Dr. Carlton R. Young, Emeritus Professor of Church Music in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will speak on "Christian Music Leadership: Biblical, Liturgical and Educational Perspectives" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Meadows Recital Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Young has the unique distinction of serving as editor of two revisions of hymnals for Methodists: The Methodist Hymnal (1966) and The United Methodist Hymnal (1989). He was educated at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Boston University School of Theology, with further study at Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and in Vienna and Prague. He has received honorary doctorates from Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, West Virginia Wesleyan and Emory. Young has served on the faculties and directed graduate studies in church music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology and at Scarritt College.

Young has lectured, conducted clinics and directed choir and hymn festivals throughout the United States, and his published choral and organ works appear in major music catalogues. He is author of Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal, My Great Redeemer's Praise: An Introduction to Christian Hymns and Music of the Heart: John and Charles Wesley on Music and Musicians.

The Northcutt Lecture, which brings nationally and internationally known scholars in church music to Baylor, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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