Jul 20, 2017
Did you ever want to sit down with one of the great choral
directors over coffee and just chat? It might go something like
this. Ryan and Dr. John Yarrington cover a lot of ground in this
interview, including avoiding yard work in retirement, politically
correct Christmas carols, the importance of doing great works and
basic literature, reasons why Texas is a choral powerhouse, Alice
Parker, not speaking to Robert Shaw, how Ryan self-identifies as
Texan, Bach motets, and choral overreach. Listen:
Highlight to Tweet: “Adjunct is Latin for
“work your butt off for no money” - John Yarrington Show
- Dr. Yarrington did not spend his career in academia, even
though he has recently retired from Houston Baptist University.
Instead, his background is mainly in large churches.
- Ya’ll. Just leave his Christmas carols alone. Don your gay
apparel or just get out.
- Working with Alice Parker taught him the importance of
- Start with the text, and protect it faithfully.
After 18 years as the head of the Choral
Department at Houston Baptist University, Dr. John Yarrington has
retired. During these years, a significant change in the
choral culture was accomplished with outstanding concerts of
varying repertoire, major works with orchestra, outstanding guests
including Alice Parker, Morton Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, James
Jordan, and Anton Armstrong. Five trips to the Classic Music
Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria were accomplished and the HBU
Schola Cantorum was the featured choir singing a concert in the
Bergkirche, Haydn's church. Dr. Yarrington is a published composer
and author - his latest book is Have We Had This Conversation,
published by Sacred Music Press. He has completed a new book
entitled "In Pursuit of Musical Excellence, yet to be published.
Dr. Yarrington was, for 34 years, a full time church musician and
continues today as the Chancel Choir Director of the First
Presbyterian Church of Houston. At Pulaski Heights UMC in
Little Rock, Arkansas, he started the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Chorus and was, for a season, interim conductor of the orchestra.
He also was Artistic Director of the Arkansas Chamber Singers
for several seasons - a professional choral group.
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