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Charles S. Brown

Adjunct Professor


Keyboard Studies

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Charles S. Brown is a brilliant thinker, scholar and musician, who holds a BM from Westminster Choir College, as well as the MM and DMA degrees with performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music. A Fulbright Scholar to Vienna, Austria, he has served churches in Dallas and held faculty positions at Arizona State University (university organist) and the University of North Texas (professor of organ and harpsichord).  Dr. Brown also holds the master of divinity degree from Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University and pursued graduate studies in theater at UNT and Texas Woman's University. He recently served five and a half years as pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, Texas. Brown holds the coveted FAGO and ChM certificates of the American Guild of Organists. He is a past dean of the Dallas Chapter and a past national AGO Councillor for Education. Among several current projects, Dr. Brown is exploring the meeting of music, theatre, and theology as constituting a "trifocal" view of the origins and practice of Christian worship. His plays connect with grown-ups and children alike with their occasional use of puppetry and masks, using "everyday themes that apply to everybody."  In Summer 2014’s Big Moose Bach Fest VI a one-person play, "Cousin in Art," written by and starring Charles S. Brown was presented in Berlin, New Hampshire. The play explores the emotions and thoughts of Bach's cousin and childhood companion, Johann Walther as he watches the meteoric rise of a genius beside him.  In June 2014 Brown presented “Foundations for the Church’s Song” at the Church Music Institute’s Sacred Music Summer Workshop at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano.  AGO member, The Reverend Dr. Charles S. Brown  began the weekend with a collaborative “mining” of the larger context(s) of worship, answering the questions: What are we doing? Why are we doing it? For whom, by whom, is it being done? Saturday’s plenary session, entitled “Three Ritual Climbers: Musician, Actor, Storyteller,” looked at the narrative, theatrical, and musical faces of worship. Then, Brown considered how the organist invites the worshiper into a transforming experience in a session entitled “The Organist as Lead Dancer.”