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Price, Milburn

Milburn Price is Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also conducts the Samford A Cappella Choir and the University Orchestra and teaches conducting, voice, and church music courses. A native of Mississippi, he holds the B.M. degree from the University of Mississippi, the M.M. degree from Baylor University, and the D.M.A. degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to moving to Samford in August, 1993, he served as Dean of the School of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky for twelve years. He was also Chair of the Music Department at Furman University from 1972-1981.

Dr. Price served as National President of the American Choral Directors Association from 1999-2001. Guest conducting and lecturing engagements have taken him to twenty-four states, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, Switzerland, and Russia.

Dr. Price has served as part-time Minister of Music for Baptist churches in Mississippi, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Kentucky, and served in a similar role at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham from 1994-2003. He has written text and music for several hymns, some of which have been included in the 1975 and 1991 editions of Baptist Hymnal and in The Worshiping Church (1990). His choral compositions and arrangements have been published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music, Genevox, Harold Flammer, Carl Fischer, Hope Publishing Company, MorningStar, Coronet Press, and Alliance Music Publications. He has been the recipient of an annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award each year since 1980.

Dr. Price is co-author of The Dialogue of Worship, written in collaboration with Gary Furr and published in 1998 by Smyth and Helwys. He is also co-author of A Survey of Christian Hymnody, published by Hope Publishing Company and now in its fourth edition. Additionally, he has contributed articles related to worship and church music to The Hymn, Review and Expositor, The Choral Journal, and Creator magazine and was a contributing author to Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal.

He is married to the former Barbara Stevens of Jackson, Mississippi, and they have one son, Steven, a daughter-in-law, Catherine, a granddaughter, Shelby, and a grandson, Sidney.

Choral music by Milburn Price