Phone: (205) 726-2954
Office: Brock Hall 204
Education:B.M., The University of Mississippi
M.M., Baylor University
D.M.A., University of Southern California
Biographical InformationDr. Milburn Price recently retired as dean of the School of Performing Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he also conducted the Samford A Cappella Choir and the Samford Orchestra and taught conducting, voice and church music courses. A native of Mississippi, he holds the B.M. degree from the University of Mississippi, the M.M. degree from Baylor University and the D.M.A. degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to moving to Samford in August 1993, Price served as dean of the School of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., for 12 years. He was also chair of the music department at Furman University from 1972–1981.
Price has served as part-time minister of music for Baptist churches in Mississippi, Texas, California, South Carolina and Kentucky, and most recently served in a similar role at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham from 1994–2003. He has written text and music for several hymns, some of which have been included in the 1975 and 1991 editions of Baptist Hymnal and in The Worshipping Church (1990). He is currently serving as one of the editors of Celebrating Grace: Hymnal for Baptist Worship, published by Mercer University in 2010. His choral compositions and arrangements have been published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music, Genevox, Harold Flammer, Carl Fischer, Hope Publishing Company, MorningStar, Coronet Press, Mark Foster and Alliance Music Publications. He has been the recipient of an annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) award each year since 1980.
Price is co-author of The Dialogue of Worship, written in collaboration with Gary Furr and published in 1998 by Smyth and Helwys. He is also co-author of A Survey of Christian Hymnody, published by Hone Publishing Company and now in its fourth edition. Additionally, he has contributed articles related to worship and church music to The Hymn, Review and Expositor, The Choral Journal, and Creator magazine and was a contributing author to Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal. For his contributions to church music, he was awarded Baylor University's Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music in 2006. In 2005 he was presented the W. Hines Sims Award by the Baptist Church Music Conference for his contributions to church music among Baptists.
Price served as national president for the American Choral Directors Association from 1999–2001, after having served from 1993–1995 as president of the southern division of ACDA. He received the biennial Award for Choral Excellence from ACDA's Southern Division in 2006. Guest lecturing and conducting engagements have taken him to 26 states, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, Switzerland and Russia.
Related to his work in music administration, Price has been a frequent evaluator and consultant for the National Association of Schools of Music and served a three-year term on NASM's Commission on Accreditation.
He is married to the former Barbara Stevens of Jackson, Miss., and they have one son, Steven; a daughter-in-law, Catherine; a granddaughter, Shelby; and a grandson, Sidney.