James A. Brown, Jr. has served as Director of Music and Worship at Independent Pres- byterian Church in Memphis, TN for the past twenty- five years. Prior to his present position, Mr. Brown was the Director of Music at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama for 16 years. He received a BA in music from Samford University and an MME from the University of Georgia. He has taught music at all levels from preschool through college. Mr. Brown planned and conducted church music sessions at divisional meetings of the American Choral Directors Association and has been a reviewer for The Choral Journal. He has served as a clinician for church and school choral music workshops and festivals across the southeast. His choirs have sung for state, regional, national, and international choral festivals and conferences, and at churches throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Brown has directed music for Ligonier Conferences in Tennessee, Florida, and California. He has been the choral director for the “Over the Mountain Festival” in Birmingham on several occasions.
James and his wife, Pam, who is Director of Children’s Choirs at Independent Presbyterian Church, have two married children, Christopher and Kathryn; and six grandchildren, Alex, Grayson, Liam, Kendall, Keller, and Walker.
2018-2019 Festival Concert Program
- Cantique de Jean Racine – Faure
- Let Their Celestial Concerts – Handel
- I Was Glad – Parry
- This Is the Day – Rutter
- Psalm 100 – Clausen
- A Mighty Fortress – Forrest
- God Be With You – Wilberg
- Hark, I Hear the Harps – Parker
- Soon-Ah Will Be Done — Dawson
- Fairest Lord Jesus — Hakes
- And Can It Be — Forrest
- “Credo” from Gospel Mass – Ray