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Shelton, Jason

Biographical Introduction

The Reverend Jason Shelton is a composer, arranger, conductor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, workshop and retreat leader and Director of Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a position he has held since 1998. He holds a BA in Classics from Saint Meinrad College – a Catholic seminary in Indiana.…

Jason Shelton

Scott, Jim

Biographical Introduction

Jim has long been active in the Unitarian Universalist Church, and has visited over 300 UU churches across the country leading services, presenting concerts, and offering workshops. Three of Jim’s songs are included in the new Unitarian Universalist Hymnbook, and Gather The Spirit, has become a favorite across the denomination.…

Jim Scott

Pierpont, James (1822-1893)

James Lord Pierpont (April 25, 1822 – August 5, 1893) was an American songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer, best known for writing and composing “Jingle Bells” in 1857, originally entitled “The One Horse Open Sleigh.” He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and died in Winter Haven, Florida.

Kendrick, Eva (1976-)

Eva Kendrick is a versatile composer and vocalist. She writes in many genres including opera, chamber music, song cycles, electroacoustic music, and film music. She is on the faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, is the Music Director at First Parish Medfield, maintains a private voice studio, and is in high demand as a freelance composer.

Eva Kendrick

Hardin, Clif (1955-)

Clif Hardin was born in 1955 and has lived in the Washington, DC area most of his life. He and his wife, Jan, are the proud parents of three daughters. Clif Hardin is a composer, conductor and pianist who as served as the Director of Music at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation since 1983.…

Clif Hardin

Hailstork, Adolphus (1941-)

Biographical Introduction

Adolphus Hailstork was born in Rochester, New York, on April 17, 1941. He is an American composer and educator. He grew up in Albany, New York, where he studied violin, piano, organ, and voice.

Dr. Hailstork received a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in music composition from Michigan State University in 1971, studying with H.…

Foote, Arthur (1853-1937)


Arthur Foote (5 March 1853 – 4 April 1937) was an American classical composer, and a member of the “Boston Six.” The other five were George Whitefield Chadwick, Amy Beach, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

The modern tendency is to view Foote’s music as “Romantic” and “European” in light of the later generation of American composers such as Aaron Copland, Roy Harris and William Schuman, all of whom helped to develop a recognizably American sound in classical music.…

Arthur Foote

Flower, Eliza (1803-1846)

Eliza Flower (1803–1846) was a British musician and composer. In addition to her own work, Flower became known for her friendships including those with William Johnson Fox, Robert Browning, John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor.

Eliza Flower was born at Harlow, Essex in 1803 to radical journalist Benjamin Flower and philanthropist Eliza Gould.…

Eliza Flower

Diers, Ann (1925-)

Ann MacDonald Diers was born in 1925. A singer and composer, Ann MacDonald Diers is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music where she studied composition with Isadore Freed. She received her M.A. in Music from Columbia University on a full tuition scholarship.…

Ann Diers

Čapek, Norbert (1870-1942)

Biographical Introduction

Norbert Fabian Čapek was born June 3, 1870 in the village of Radomysl in Bohemia (then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). He was a raised as a Roman Catholic (then the dominant state-supported religion), but became a Baptist at the age of eighteen, and soon thereafter began a career as a minister, missionary, publicist, and composer of hymns.…

Norbert Capek