Newly elected Southwestern professor to conduct the Gloria Concert
Nationally renowned conductor David Thye will conduct Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Gloria Concert, Oct. 5. It is his first time to conduct the seminary’s Oratorio Chorus since he became a professor of church music at Southwestern.
Thye (pronounced Tee) was introduced as a newly elected faculty member and installed into the seminary’s Robert L. Burton Chair of Conducting during the convocation chapel, Aug. 23.
“David comes with a deep heart for developing Christian character in the lives of our students,” Stephen Johnson, dean of Southwestern’s School of Church Music, said. “He is dedicated to being a light in the Fort Worth community by showing kindness and the love of Christ as he leads our students, the Oratorio Chorus and, at times, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.”
For more than 30 years, Thye has conducted and managed musical and dramatic performances for elementary schools, high schools, universities, communities and professional ensembles. He has conducted, produced or performed in more than 100 oratorios, operas and large-scale productions. Alongside his position at Southwestern Seminary, Thye currently serves as the Principal Conductor-in-Residence with MidAmerica Productions in New York City, a major producer of concerts in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Thye earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He also completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Voice at the University of Sioux Falls.
The Gloria Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Southwestern’s Truett Auditorium and will feature such works as Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Rutter’s “Gloria.” The performance will be preceded by a reception and pre-concert lecture by Thye. Free tickets for Southwestern Seminary’s Gloria Concert may be reserved on the seminary’s web site: www.swbts.edu/gloria.