Lutheranism & the Classics
Mr. Barnes is first holder of the Johnston Endowed Chair in Classics, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, Missouri, where he has taught Latin, Greek and Music History since 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Bristol University (United Kingdom), a Mus.M. (Music) from Manchester University and a postgraduate certificate in education from King’s College, London.
Upon coming to the United States, he became artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus in 1989, one of America’s longest established professional choirs, and with them he has performed to considerable critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. His repertoire runs into several thousand choral works, and he has recorded numerous CDs and been heard on radio, television and film.
He combines a love of the canon with an advocacy for new music and has given many world and U.S. premieres of works by both emerging and established composers. He has lectured widely on the use of ancient authors by modern musicians and is heard weekly on the Radio Arts Foundation of St. Louis, the city’s classical music station. He has long been a reviewer for Choral Journal and written monographs on a wide variety of topics.
Dr. Herl is professor of Music at Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, Nebraska. As an undergraduate, he was awarded his college’s prize in Classics and now uses the ancient and vernacular languages on a daily basis in his editing of the Lutheran Service Book (LSB) historical companion. A past editor of the LSB (2006), he is current co-editor, with Peter Reske, of the historical companion—a resource that provides detailed explanations for each hymn in the LSB.
His book Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism (Oxford, 2004) received the Roland Bainton Prize of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. His choral music is published by Concordia Publishing House, Oxford University Press and MorningStar Music.
Dr. Smith is professor of Classics, interim chair of Classics, and associate dean to the Honors College, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where he has taught for more than two decades.
Having begun his career at Rutgers University, he has won top honors as a teacher of undergraduate Latin and Greek students (American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003; Baylor University Master Teacher, 2004) and has become one of America’s leading authorities on Ovid and Virgil (for example, Poetic Allusion and Poetic Embrace in Ovid and Virgil [University of Michigan, 1997]; The Primacy of Vision in Virgil’s Aeneid [University of Texas, 2005]; Virgil [Wiley-Blackwell, 2011]).
Having begun “Baylor in Italy” during his first years in Texas, Smith has taken many hundreds of students to Italy during summers to enjoy res classicas on location, and mentored many more honors students and beginning scholars.
He will be president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) in 2017 and is in great demand as a lecturer.
Dr. Zager is associate dean and head of Sibley Music Library, associate professor of Musicology, and affiliate faculty member in the Organ, Sacred Music and Historical Keyboards Department at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He holds the Ph.D. degree in musicology from the University of Minnesota.
He was a member of the Hymnody Committee that prepared the Lutheran Service Book, and served as editor of the Journal of the Good Shepherd Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. His monograph, The Gospel Preached through Music: The Purpose and Practice of Lutheran Church Music, was published by Concordia Theological Seminary Press in 2013 and won an Award of Commendation from the Concordia Historical Institute in 2014.
He is currently collaborating with Robin A. Leaver on a series of volumes entitled “Organ Accompaniment of Congregational Song: Historical Documents and Settings,” to be published by Wayne Leupold Editions.