V. Earle Copes
V. Earle Copes is a lifetime career musician
and ordained United Methodist Minister, now retired, who serves
as organist at First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Fla.
His career has involved a number of full-time church positions
in several of United Methodism's largest churches; faculty positions
at several colleges and a seminary; the editorship of a professional
journal for church musicians; and consultant to the revision
committee for the 1966 United Methodist Hymnal. While
in Dayton, Ohio, he was instrumental in establishing the Dayton
Organ Academy, a scholarship program for gifted high school students.
Copes has composed over 200 anthems, organ
pieces, and orginal hymn tunes, and has had an active career
as an organ recitalist and consultant, as well. Works published
by Selah include the anthem, To Jordan Came, and the organ
works, Flourish on McKee and V. Earle Copes: Intonations
Copes was born in Norfolk, Va. in 1921. He received his B.A
from Davidson College in North Carolina and his Master of Sacred
Music and Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary
in New York City. He has received awards from the Carnegie Foundation
and the Federal Republic of Germany.
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