Edward Spann - Music Faculty

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Edward Spann (cedwardspann@aol.com)

Edward Spann teaches courses in church music and aesthetics. He previously served on the music faculties at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, and at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Spann founded the Department of Sacred Music at the Faculdade (Seminary) Teological Batista de Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he taught for nine years. While in Brazil, Dr. Spann wrote Musica e Louvor (Music and Worship) for the extension department for training pastors wherever Portugese is spoken. The book is utilized world-wide.

Dr. Spann directed the DBU University Ringers, which toured throughout the southwestern United States as well as Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Austria, and Germany. The ensemble was recognized as the AGEHR college handbell program of the year in 1995 and 2000. Dr. Spann is the author of numerous articles in such publications as The Church Musician, The Hymn, The Journal of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Quarterly Review, Overtones, and Baptist History and Heritage. An active member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, he served a term on the national education committee for the AGEHR as well as on the board of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, and has several handbell arrangements in print.

As retired Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Spann has recently published Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns, with DBU colleague Dr. Michael Williams.  He has given presentations at the Truman, Hoover and Eisenhower Presidential Libraries, and has spoken at numerous churches and Senior groups in several states.  He is scheduled to present at the The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in the near future.  First released in October 2008, Presidential Praise is now in its third printing as of January 2010.   

Dr. Spann attended Hardin-Simmons University and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds three degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. He has served in several church and associational positions in music and worship ministries.


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