Brewton-Parker music chair garners ASCAP award
Dr. Glenn Eernisse's primary contribution of an anthem to
Brewton-Parker College's Centennial Celebration led to his
selection by the American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers as the recipient of an ASCAP Award for 2004-05.
|Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of Brewton-Parker College's
Division of Music, sits at his office piano with a copy
of "Train Your Mind, Follow Your Heart," the
commissioned anthem he wrote for the college's Centennial
Celebration and a work that contributed to his fifth
consecutive selection by the American Society of Composers,
Authors and Publishers as the recipient of an ASCAP Award
Eernisse, chair of Brewton-Parker's Division of Music, received
the honor for a fifth consecutive year, an honor based on
the volume of work produced in the past year.
That work included the culmination of Eernisse's commissioned
anthem "Train Your Mind, Follow Your Heart," which
members of the BPC Centennial Choir, Baron Ringers handbell
choir and the Brass Ensemble performed during Brewton-Parker's
Centennial Convocation service on April 28.
"It was a great honor for me to be asked to compose
a piece commemorating the college's centennial," said
Eernisse, a member of the Brewton-Parker College Division
of Music faculty since 1995 and the division's chair since
"Since I was given no specific direction for the text,
I felt a real freedom to develop the lyrics as I felt led.
The research I did on the college's history gave me a new
appreciation of the people who have been a part of Brewton-Parker
family during the first 100 years of the history of the college."
ASCAP Awards are granted by an independent panel and are
based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog
of original compositions, as well as recent performances
in areas not surveyed by the society.
"One has to have a consistent output of work and show
proof that these efforts are current," said Eernisse,
who primarily composes and arranges church music. "ASCAP
is trying to recognize the creative process for writers who
aren't as much in the limelight."
"It is a way of acknowledging and rewarding people
who are part of the creative process of writing music," he
Eernisse has composed and arranged pieces for a variety
of vocal and instrumental groups. These include children's
choirs, youth choirs, adult choirs, senior adult choirs,
handbells, and a variety of brass and woodwind groups.
"I am grateful for the support of the college for this
outlet that relates to my work," he added. "Recognition
of this kind certainly benefits all of us."
His commissioned works include pieces for the Brewton-Parker
College presidential inauguration, the Georgia Baptist Church
Music Conference, First Baptist Church of Vidalia, Ga., and
First Baptist Church of McDonough, Ga. He has written articles
for The Church Musician, The Hymn and Creator.
Eernisse has served on the faculty of several music camps
and band camps, and has functioned as an adjudicator for
festivals and competitions at a variety of levels.
Professional organizations of which he is a member include
Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators
Association, Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference, and
International Trombone Association. He is a member of Phi
Theta Kappa, and is listed among "Outstanding Young
Men of America," "Who's Who Among America's Teachers," and "Who's
Who in America."
As an associate professor of instrumental activities, Eernisse
has served as director of the College Wind Ensemble and Jazz
Band, and taught courses in brass and percussion methods,
marching band methods, composition, and jazz. He currently
directs the Brass Ensemble and the Baron Singers, and teaches
courses in music technology, arranging, and private low brass
lessons at Brewton-Parker.
"As an artist, scholar, performer, colleague, leader
and team player, Glenn Eernisse rises to the top of the class," said
Dr. David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker's president. "His
centennial anthem was a wonderful admonition from the spirit
of Romans 12 to train our minds and follow our hearts.
"He is gifted with great talent, but extends consideration
and humility to those with whom he works. Brewton-Parker
College is privileged to have this fine gentleman as an academic
leader and professor."