Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Providence Presbyerian, November 17, 2013

Prelude:  Come Christians Join to Sing .....  arr. Don Hustad

Introit:  All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Psalm 100)

First Hymn:  478   Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

Anthem:  Work, For the Night Is Coming ...  Text Anna Coghill, Music Lowell Mason

Second Hymn:  155  Rejoice, The Lord is King

Offertory:  My Jesus, I Love Thee..... arr. Don Hustad

Final Hymn:  447  Lead On, O King Eternal

Benediction Response:  The Lord's My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Postlude:  The Solid Rock..... arr. Don Hustad.

Music note for the bulletin

Organ music today includes arrangements of familiar hymns by Don Hustad (October 2, 1918-June 22 2013).   Born in rural Minnesota, Hustad was a toddler when his father was killed in a hunting accident, after which the family moved to Iowa where they lived in a church related institution for indigent people.  Don's music training began there with piano lessons at age 4 and by age 8 he was playing gospel hymns in public worship and providing improvised accompaniments for the institution's Christian radio station.  By the end of grade school he had learned major piano works by Beethoven and Liszt.  His musical skills provided financial support while he was in college, where he directed the college band, led a male quartet, and became organist at the local Methodist church.  After college he moved to Chicago where he was a church organist and was hired in 1940 by radio station WMBI as a staff musician.  He auditioned for George Beverley Shea for that job.  The two of them had a weekly progarm of hymns on the ABC radio network for ten years.  After ten years as a radio musician he moved into college teaching, having earned Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University.  During the 1940's he developed a relationship with the Billy Graham Crusades and in 1961 became the official Crusade Organist for Billy Graham.   During the time with Graham, he also worked as music advisor for Hope Publishing Company, writing over 100 choral pieces and many vocal and keyboard volumes, and fourteen song books.  His final twenty years of work were as professor of music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In post retirement he wrote books, edited a new hymnal, and had many speaking and performance engagements.  He achieved the Associate degree from the American Guild of Organists, a Fellow degree from the Royal College of Organists in London, and was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.  

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