Workshop – William Walker – Shaper of Southern Song
7/10/2020 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Charles W. Steele holds BA (with Honors) and MA degrees in music from Radford University, Radford, VA, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Steele has been a presenter at a regional AGO convention and a national AGO convention, as well as at a Hymn Society convention.
An extensive article by Steele that focuses on William Walker, Southern Harmony, and the use of shape-note tunes in the church and in organ music, appeared in the January 2011 edition of The Diapason. He has also written several new organ music reviews for The Diapason. Over the past decade, Steele has presented several programs featuring organ works based on or incorporating shape-note tunes.
He as a dean and board member of the Western NC AGO Chapter and was the founding dean of the Blue Ridge AGO Chapter. Steele served several years as an adjunct instructor of organ at Brevard College. He recently retired as minister of music/organist of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, Brevard, NC.