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Benjamin BrodyBenjamin Brody

Department Chair

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3214
Fax: 509.777.3739
Office Location: Music Building 206

Ben Brody graduated from Whitworth in 1998, and returned in 2003 to teach in the music department. Prior to his current position, Ben spent four years as director of worship and music at First Presbyterian Church of Seattle. At Whitworth, he teaches courses in church music, conducting, and music history, and coordinates music for campus worship services. Ben cares deeply about the role of music in corporate worship, and is passionate about helping pastors, church musicians, and worship committees develop faithful worship practices in their congregations. Ben is director of music at Colbert Presbyterian Church, in Colbert, Wash., and currently serves on the Washington state board of the American Choral Directors Association.


D.M.A. University of Washington
M.Mus. University of Washington
B.A. Whitworth College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Music; church music; choral music; music history

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications include: choral music reviews, "Marty Haugen: Once We Sang and Danced with Gladness,"  "Howard Helvey: Laudate Dominum," "Rollo Dilworth: I Want Jesus to Walk With Me," in The Choral Journal (forthcoming); book reviews, "Whitmore, Alan, ed.  Hymns We Love to Sing,"  (Book Review), "Hobbs, Gerald, ed.  Songs of a Gospel People," in The Hymn: A Journal Of Congregational Song (2010); "Beyond the Anthem: Re-thinking the Role of the Church Choir in Worship," in Northwest Notes, an online resource of Northwest American Choral Director’s Association (2009); review of When Breaks the Dawn: Hymns from Brazil in The Hymn: A Journal Of Congregational Song. (2008); review of Hear the Prayers that Rise: A Music Resource for Contemplative Prayer in The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song (forthcoming).

Presentations include: "Sacred Music Reading Session" as a contributor/conductor at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, Oklahoma City (2009); "Thinking Theologically About Children’s Worship Music," as a guest speaker for "Amazing Happens" Children’s Worship Conference, Seattle Pacific University,(2009).

Developer and liturgist of worship service for Convention Worship Service, "For the Fruit of All Creation: A Celebration of Gods Creation in Song," Northwest Division, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Vancouver, B.C. (2008).

Selected as one of 14 people to take part in two-week Calvin seminars in Christian scholarship, "The Transformation of Christian Worship: Recent History of Protestant and Catholic Practices 1960-2000" (2006), and "Hymnody in Historic Perspective" (2009).

Contributor to the 2007 National Convention of the American Choral Directors' Association: planned, accompanied and conducted as part of team for Sacred Music Reading Session; planned, led as liturgist and conducted as a part of a team for Convention Ecumenical Service; planned and co-presented "The Future of Choral Music in Worship" at roundtable session.

Worship leader/planner for Presbyterian Global Fellowship Conference (2006); presented session on global church music for the 2006 Synod of Alaska/NW (PCUSA) meeting. Led worship and presented at a conference, Evangelism in our Postmodern World, Presbytery of the Cascades (2006).

Member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Norwthwest Division ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship. Received a $6,000 grant from the Calvin Institute for campus worship formation (2003). Choral music reviews published in The Choral Journal (May 2004). Designed, planned, and co-taught a graduate course at the University of Washington entitled "Church Music Resources and Techniques."