the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Esther R. Crookshank

Ollie Hale Chiles Professor of Church Music (1994); Director, Academy of Sacred Music

Esther R. Crookshank has served on the Southern Seminary faculty since 1994 and as Ollie Hale Chiles Professor of Church Music since 2004, teaching hymnology, musicology, applied ethnomusicology, and musical aesthetics. Since 2009 she has served as director of the Academy of Sacred Music, the seminary’s guest artist and lecture forum. She has published articles in Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (Oxford, 2013), Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology Online (2013), Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, and Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology (2004). Her Faculty Address entitled “‘The Minister and His Hymn-Book’: John A. Broadus as Hymnologist,” appears in Minds and Hearts in Praise of God: Hymns and Essays in Church Music in Honor of Hugh T. McElrath (2006). She has won grants and awards including the Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Instructional Development and is faculty advisor to the student group Hymns@Southern. She is advisor to string majors, plays violin in Chapel Orchestra, and is founding director of Seminary String Camp. She and her husband Robert serve in the worship ministry at North Oldham Baptist Church.

Esther R. Crookshank

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B.M., Baldwin-Wallace College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.