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Meridian Herald Leadership

Steven Foard Darsey


Steven Foard Darsey

Steven Foard Darsey holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and has studied musicology with Peter LeHuray at Cambridge and conducting with Helmuth Rilling at Stuttgart. He has conducted numerous performances and has prepared choruses for Sir David Willcocks and the late Robert Shaw. He lectures and publishes on the history and practice of church music and his work on Georgia's famous tunebook, The Sacred Harp, has led him to establish a series of worship services with the late Fred Craddock based on Southern Folk Hymns. In August, 2016, he was pleased to present a lecture for the Chautauqua Institute on the evolution of camp meeting hymnody with Timothy B. Miller.

Mr. Darsey also performs as a balladeer, specializing in Celtic and American folk music. A composer, he has written and arranged some 125 works with publications through Lyra Sacra, Lawson-Gould and World Library music publishers. The summer of 2009, he completed his oratorio setting of Sidney Lanier's, "The Marshes of Glynn." For his work on Georgia's Ossabaw Island on this composition, he was named the Sandy West Ossabaw Fellow for 2010. In 2012, he completed a commissioned setting of John Wesley's Covenant Prayer. Mr. Darsey founded and runs Orpheus Dei and is President of Meridian Herald. Since 1986, Mr. Darsey has been Music Director of the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University Campus, Atlanta, Georgia.

His recently released book, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: Music and Worship, is receiving strong critical notice.

Board of Directors and Advisors

Board of Directors

Jane Thorpe, Chair

Luther C. Lewis Jr., C.P.A., Treasurer
Retired Executive Director
Georgia Building Authority

Barbara Antley

Susan Forte
United Methodist Layperson

Rev. Andrew H. Gee
Baptist Clergy, Pastoral Counselor, Singer

F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D.
President, Woodward Academy

Glenn Kellum
Development Professional

Ted McMullan

Poul Olson
Communications, Development Officer

Rev. Allan Sandlin
Episcopal Clergy, Musician

Virginia H. Smith, (secretary)
University Archivist, Administrator, Emory University (retired)

Advisory Board

Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews, Chair
Pastor, First Congregational Church UCC, Atlanta
Associate Professor of Music, Emory University
Composer, Jazzman, Statesman

Paul H. Anderson, Jr.

Sally Sears Belcher
Television Journalist

James R. Gibson, Jr.
Pianist, Producer, Businessman, Professor

Gary S. Hauk, Ph.D.
Vice President, Emory University

Carol McGriff

Cindy Runyon
Librarian (retired)

Emily Washburn
Attorney, Educator

Wade H. Watson III
Attorney, Musician

Charles Woods
Musician, Educator


Steven F. Darsey



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