Baylor's Center for Christian Music Studies Presents 2013 Exemplary Leadership in Church Music Award

July 25, 2013
O.D. Hall and Music AwardO.D. Hall Jr. (Courtesy photo)

The Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies presented its 2013 Exemplary Leadership in Church Music Award to O. D. Hall, Jr., at a luncheon during the annual Alleluia Conference in Church Music on Thursday, July 25.

Hall, a 1957 Bachelor of Music graduate of Baylor, was presented the award for his work as a local church minister of music, manager of music promotion for Lexicon Music, owner/director of MUSICalifornia, and composer and arranger of church music.

Hall served as minister of music at Curtis Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia; First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Florida; First Baptist Church, Van Nuys, California; and Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church, Riverside, California.

The Exemplary Leadership in Church Music Award is given annually to a graduate of Baylor University who has contributed uniquely and significantly to some aspect of the broad scope of church music ministry. Previous recipients have included Wesley L. Forbis, Milburn Price, Buryl Red, Billy Ray Hearn, Hal Hopson, Mark Hayes, Joan Sutton, and Sam Prestidge.

For further information, contact Dr. David W. Music at or at 254-447-3568 (cell); 254-772-9776 (home).


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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