H. Gerald Aultman
Distinguished Professor of Music Theory, Dick Baker Chair of Music Missions and Evangelism, and Chapel Organist
Howard Gerald (Jerry) Aultman was born and reared in Mississippi, where his father was a Baptist minister. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Music Theory at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he occupies the Dick Baker Chair of Music Missions and Evangelism. His duties include teaching courses in theory and musicianship, counterpoint, form in music, seminar in 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 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 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 studied organ with Gerre Hancock of the University of Texas.
Jerry is a Fellow in the American Guild of Organists and is active in the Fort Worth AGO chapter. Throughout his career, 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 his wife, soprano Carol Aultman, have often presented sacred concerts in churches throughout the south and southwest. Carol recently retired after twenty years of teaching voice adjunctively in the School of Church Music at Southwestern. They are the proud parents of two adult sons.