Howard Gerald (Jerry) Aultman was born and reared in Mississippi, where his father was a Baptist minister. He currently serves as Professor of Music Theory at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he occupies the Dick Baker Chair of Music Evangelism and Missions. He is now in his eighteenth year at SWBTS. His duties include teaching courses in harmony and ear training, form and analysis, and post-tonal music, as well as serving as Chapel Organist. Since 1996 he has also served as organist at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.
Growing up in a musical family, he began formal piano studies at age ten, and soon began playing piano and organ in his Dad’s church. Advanced musical studies include the Bachelor of Music degree from Mississippi College (1976), where he studied piano with Ralph Taylor and organ with Billy Trotter. In 1978 he received the Master of Church Music degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with emphasis in piano performance. In 1983 he received the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Louisiana State University, where he studied piano with Daniel Sher and Milton Hallman. Additional studies include seminars in piano pedagogy with Robert Pace at Teachers College, Columbia University, and organ studies with John Schuder of the Interchurch Center, New York. Recently, he has had the privilege of studying organ with Gerre Hancock, of the University of Texas.
Jerry is a Fellow in the American Guild of Organists, and is an active member of the Fort Worth chapter. Other memberships include Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, and Fort Worth Music Teachers Association. Throughout his career, in addition to duties as a faculty member, Dr. Aultman has maintained a private teaching studio for organ and piano. He has served often as adjudicator, performer, and teacher in conferences related to church music, and is a published arranger for organ and piano. Jerry and Carol Dickey Aultman have been married for 32 years, and Carol joins him in serving on the music faculty of Southwestern Seminary. The two of them have often presented sacred concerts in churches throughout the south and southwest. They are the proud parents of two adult sons. Brandon Aultman, after having served our country in the Army, is finishing a degree in vocal performance at the University of North Texas. Eric, recently graduated from Sam Houston State University in musical theatre, is pursuing his acting career in New York City.