Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 7, 2006

Workshop on Global Church Music to Be Held April 20 at Whitworth

Michael Hawn, D.M.A., will lead a workshop, "Gather into One: Praying and Singing with Christians Worldwide," on singing and leading global church music, Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m., in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3214.

Church musicians, pastors, choir members, and congregants are invited to learn how to sing and lead congregations in music from other cultures. Participants will learn techniques for singing and teaching music to congregations and develop an understanding of the culture and context from which each song comes. Music collections and CDs by Michael Hawn will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Also on April 20, Hawn will give a lecture, "Global Worship and Global Justice," at 8 a.m. in Room 200 of the Music Building, and willlead global music at Midweek Worship at 11 a.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.

Michael Hawn, professor of church music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, as well as director of SMU's Master of Sacred Music Program, joined the university's faculty in 1992. He holds graduate degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., and a B.M.E. degree from Wheaton College, in Illinois.

A frequent contributor to many journals, Hawn has published more than 100 articles and reviews, as well as numerous curriculum materials. He is also a student of global music, having received fellowships for study of music around the world, including visits to Africa, Asia and Latin America. His research led to the publication of a global collection, Halle, Halle: We Sing the World Round (Choristers Guild, 1999), and, more recently, two books on multicultural music and worship: Gather into One: Praying and Singing Globally (Eerdmans, 2003), and One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship (The Alban Institute, 2003).

Hawn has been honored with the Citation for Excellence in Teaching, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; a grant from the Association of Theological Schools for sabbatical study in Nigeria and Kenya; a Louisville Institute sabbatical research grant, from the Lilly Foundation; and a worship-renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc. An ordained Baptist minister, Hawn is also former president of the board of directors of the Choristers Guild and the former chair of the board of directors of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, Texas.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Ben Brody, assistant professor of music, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3214 or bbrody@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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