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David A. Robb

David A. Robb was born on June 7, 1932 in New York City. He began music lessons when he was four, and was the pianist for his grammar school graduation. At that point he began several years of instruction at Carnegie Hall. He graduated from New York's High School of Music and Art, where he majored in Voice, and during his last year was Senior Organist. Prior to entering the Air Force, he studied Conducting briefly at The Julliard School. While serving as an organist/chaplain's assistant, he felt led to go beyond music ministry into pastoral work.

He holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State College (Valdosta, Ga.), with Social Work and English, and a science concentration in Physics and Math. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from the Chandler School of Theology of Emory University (Ga.), and did post-graduate work at Columbia Seminary (Decatur, Ga.) in Biblical Studies. He also holds a Master of Education degree from West Georgia College (Carrollton) in Counseling and Gifted Education. He taught several years in the public schools in Georgia, and served as Co-Director of a mission school in Puerto Rico.

As an Ordained Minister and certified Minister of Music in the United Methodist Church, Robb has held appointments in both fields. He has taught piano, organ, and voice through most of his years in ministry. A life member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, he served on staff for several music camps. Two of his high school choral compositions won national recognition.
Robb began writing poetry in his teens, so it was a natural outgrowth for him to write hymn-poems to follow sermons where no appropriate hymn existed. Also, he has written many hymns for special celebrations or by commission. Since the occasions were best served by using a familiar tune he has penned only five hymn tunes for his hundred or so texts.

Many of Robb's hymns are in his collections and journals and ten have won honors (including four international first-place awards)* in hymn searches sponsored by The Hymn Society, the American Guild of Organists, and various denominations.

Most of his hymns are addressed to God in the name of the worshipping congregation-as corporate prayer in song. Generally, they are permeated with scripture, and they reflect many voluntary social service interests he has pursued, beginning in his teens teaching music at the New York Lighthouse for the Blind, and playing for tubercular wards after his Sunday worship responsibilities; more recently he has served as a Counselor and Board Member of Dalton's Family Crisis Center, Chaplain and Aeronautics Education Officer in the Civil Air Patrol, District Coordinator for Bread of the World, working in different capacities as a peace advocate and anti-hunger activist. Although retired, he still serves a local congregation.

Various collections including his hymns are: Banquets of Praise, Holding in Trust, One Hundred Hymns of Hope, Singing for Peace, Songs of Rejoicing and New Songs of Rejoicing, Together Met-Together Bound. A half dozen of his texts are printed in issues of The Hymn.

Robb and his wife, the former Ethel Ingram make their home in Dalton, Georgia. They have three married children, Bruce, Renée, and Michele, and two granddaughters, Nelle and Johanna.

*Creative Lord, When You Spoke Forth; Sixth Assembly, World Council of Churches
Living Lord of Love's Dominion: Charlotte Chapter, American Guild of Organists
Lord, Whose Challenge Draws Explorers: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Praise the Living God Who Sings: New England Region, American Guild of Organists

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Heartsongs: Hymns by David A. Robb

 

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