Exemplary Leadership in Church Music

The Award for Exemplary Leadership in Church Music was instituted in 2005 and is given to a graduate of Baylor University who has contributed uniquely and significantly to some aspect of the broad scope of church music ministry. The award can be given for cumulative lifetime achievement or a singular contribution.

This summer we are excited to present the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Church Music to:

Headshot of Don Cason

Don Cason

Don Cason is the former President of Word Music, noted Christian Music publisher. In his twenty-eight year career at the company he has been directly involved in the songwriting careers of Michael W. Smith, Nicole C. Mullen, Wayne Watson, Dennis Jernigan, and David Meece. He has written songs that have been recorded by Christian artists Bryan Duncan, Joni Eareckson-Tada, and Teri DeSario. Cason is the Editor for Keyboard Worship and Praise, a magazine produced by Lorenz containing the best of Christian music for today's church. Cason earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Baylor University in 1976 and completed studies toward a Master's Degree in Music History and Literature at the same university.

Past Recipients

Year of Award Name Baylor Alumni, Class of
2005 Wesley L. Forbis 1956
2006 Milburn Price 1963
2007 Buryl Red 1957
2008 Billy Ray Hearn 1954
2009 Hal H. Hopson 1954
2010 Mark Hayes 1975
2011 Joan Sutton 1951
2012 Sam Prestidge 1950
2013 O. D. Hall, Jr 1957
2014 Lloyd Hawthorne 1966
2015 Arnold Sherman 1966
2016 Nick Strimple 1969
2017 Robert Sterling 1977
2018 Benjamin Harlan 1976
2019 Thomas Coker 1967

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