This Sunday's anthem is composed by Jane Marshall, a composer of choral music, a hymnist, poet and teacher. She's a longtime member of the Meadows School of the Arts theory faculty and the Sacred Music graduate faculty at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. She is now teaching in the summer continuing education program there and is active as a clinician for choral organizations around the country. A distinguished alumna of SMU, Jane has been honored twice by the Southern Baptist Musicians Conference and recently by the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians for her contributions to church music. She is the author of Grace, Noted, a collection of homilies, essays and hymns published by Hope Publishing Company. She and clergyman/poet John Thornburg have collaborated in two newly released hymn collections titled Can God Be Seen in Other Ways, published by Abingdon Music Press, and What Gift Can We Bring, published by Wayne Leupold Editions.
The anthems during the Her Story2 Sermon Series are written and/or arranged by women. Today’s anthem is composed by Kathleen Armstrong Thomerson, a native of Jackson, Tennessee. Thomerson spent portions of her childhood in Mississippi, California, and Texas. She attended the University of Texas, receiving a bachelor's degree in music in 1956 and a master's degree in 1958; she also studied at Syracuse University, with Flor Peeters at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, and with Jean Langlais in Paris. She worked as the music director of University UMC, and taught organ at the Saint Louis Conservatory and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; she has also worked as organist and music director at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. She is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. As a writer of hymns, Thomerson is best known for the text "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light", written in the summer of 1966 after a visit to the Church of the Redeemer in Houston and set to her own tune, Houston. She has composed other hymn tunes as well, including several for publication in the 2005 collection A Taste of Heaven's Joys: A Collection of Original Hymns, written with Patricia B. Clark. She published a bio-bibliography of her teacher Langlais in 1989, and a biography of Marie-Claire Alain in 2002.
This Sunday's anthem, Jesus the Very Thought of Thee was written by Joan J. Pinkston. She was born in Chicago where she early displayed unusual musical gifts. She began serving as pianist of her church at age ten and appeared regularly as a pianist on local television and in classical music concerts by age twelve. She continued her training at Bob Jones University, where she earned a BA and MA in piano performance. Joan has published numerous traditionally styled sacred choral pieces, primarily with SoundForth and Beckenhorst Press. In 2002, Joan's 816-page hymnbook, Hymns of Grace and Glory, was published and features more than seventy of her own hymn tunes. During her 40 years as a professional musician she has published over 400 pieces of music, given over a hundred workshops on composing and arranging, and performed numerous sacred concerts. Her hymn arrangements for piano and orchestra are featured on the recording Our Great Savior released by Sacred Music Services in 1994. A recording of her piano arrangements, Our Song of Praise, was released in 2010. Joan has also written five film scores. Joan has taught music theory, hymn improvisation, orchestration and choral composition at Bob Jones University for more than forty-five years.
This Sunday's anthem, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho is by Patti Drennan. Patti earned a Bachelor of Music Education at Oklahoma State and a Masters of Music Education at the University of Oklahoma. She taught Choral Music for twenty-eight years, where she was voted Teacher of the Year. An active composer and arranger with over two million copies sold , Patti has almost 500 choral octavos, piano and piano/vocal books published with thirteen major publishers. She has been guest director at numerous "Composer Weekends". She has been an adjudicator for school choral contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. For almost ten years she served as Music and Worship Arts Director at First Baptist Church, Norman. Patti enjoys writing, leading music reading sessions for publishers and singing in a professional gospel choir. Her Christmas CD recorded with her daughter entitled "A Mother Daughter Christmas" is now available on I-Tunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and here.