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Since its inception in 1985, The Northcutt Lecture Series has become an integral part of the academic and spiritual life of the Baylor University School of Music. Designed to bring nationally and internationally known church music scholars to Baylor University, The Northcutt Lecture is made possible by an endowment from Cassandra Northcutt and the late LeGrande Northcutt of Longview, Texas.
Over his forty-year academic career, Dr. David W. Music has become widely known as a prolific scholar, a gifted editor, a notable hymn arranger, and a wise mentor. His areas of expertise include congregational song, American church music, music of the Reformation, and Baptist church music. In 2010, he was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and in 2018 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition to his distinguished academic career, he has spent a number of years in full- and part-time church music ministry.
Dr. Music is author or co-editor of 10 books, including “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story”: A History of Baptist Hymnody in North America (2008), William J. Reynolds: Church Musician (2013), and Church Music in the United States 1760-1901 (2014). In addition to these books, his publications include hundreds of articles in various periodicals as well as choral anthems, critical editions, service music, hymns, and arrangements for keyboard and recorder.
Constance Cherry, John Witvliet, Lester Ruth, Jeremy Begbie, Ruth Duck, Carl Shalk, Brian Wren, I-to Loh, Carl P. Daw, Jr., Emily Brink, Don Sailers, Harry Eskew, Carlton Young, Helen Kemp, Donald P. Hustad, Paul Westermeyer, Thomas Troeger, Marva Dawn, Alice Parker, Jane Marshall, Benjamin Harlan, Michael Hawn, Terry York, Allen Walworth, Harold Best, Gordon Borror, Jerry Warren, Robert Shaw, Paul Manz, Milburn Price, William O'Brien.
To view recordings from past Norcutt Lecture Series presentations visit our Academic Research & Resource Library.