2016 Festival

Clinitian: Dale Peterson

Dale Peterson, the 2015-2016 clinician

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn New

Dale retired in 2014 as Minister of Music at Auburn First Baptist Church after serving there for forty one years.  He continues as Composer in Residence and Minister of Music Emeritus at First Baptist.  In addition, Dale is Instructor of Music Theory at Auburn University Department of Music.  He holds degrees from Kentucky Southern College of the University of Louisville and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Dale has over 100 published compositions that are found in the catalogs of numerous publishers and he has received awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for thirty five consecutive years.  An active member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), his choirs have been selected to sing at both State and Divisional Conventions.  His choirs have also been chosen to premiere music at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly.

Peterson has served as Chair of the Music in Worship Committee of the Southern Division ACDA.  He has served as clinician and workshop leader for children, youth, and adult choirs throughout the south.  Dale has written commissioned musical works for both churches and universities.  He is married and has two adult sons and four grandchildren.

Festival Concert Program

Hallelujah, Amen (from “Judas Maccabaeus”)                                     George Frideric Handel

The Heavens Are Telling (from “The Creation”)                                   Franz Joseph Haydn
Trio: Chrystal Strickland (Gabriel), Jeremy Pyles (Uriel), Steve Lee (Raphael)

A Rose Touched by the Sun’s Warm Rays                                                       Jean Berger

Where Is My Lamb?                                                                                                Charles McCartha

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need                                                                   Arr. Mack Wilberg
Flutists:  Kim Urquhart, Risa Entrekin

My Jesus, I Love Thee                                                                                  Dale Peterson
(written in memory of Bill Roper, beloved Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Montgomery for 32 years)

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (from “Requiem”)                         Johannes Brahms

Pilgrims’ Hymn (fromThe Three Hermits”)                                     Stephen Paulus

To Love Our God                                                                                          Mark Hayes

The Living Song                                                                                        Joseph Martin
(Commissioned by the College Choir Alumni and Sanctuary Choirs for Dale Peterson
In appreciation and recognition for his 25 years of ministry to Auburn First Baptist Church)

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                                                                        arr. Mack Wilberg

Audio Recording (will be added soon)


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