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John C. Schmidt

John C. Schmidt

John C. Schmidt, Professor of Music, teaches music the­ory, music his­tory, and organ at Texas State; currently he is coordinator of music history in the School of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from South­western Univer­sity, Georgetown, Texas, studying organ with R. Cochrane Penick, and a Master of Sacred Music from Union Theolog­ical Seminary, New York, with or­gan study from Vernon de Tar.  He completed a Ph.D. in musicology at New York University, with a dissertation on the 19th-century American composer, John Knowles Paine.  Dr. Schmidt has published scholarly editions of Paine’s works, most recently Paine’s Second Symphony, “Spring,”and is co-author of the Paine article for Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Oxford Music Online, as well as thirteen other articles for that publication.  A fifth-gen­eration Texan, he is also involved in research concerning the music of 19th-century Germans in Texas.

Dr. Schmidt is a Trustee of the Sinfonian Educational Foundation of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and a member of the Governing Board of Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony—Opera in the Ozarks.  He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.  An ac­tive organist, he is a Fellow of the Ameri­can Guild of Organists and one of its professional certification examiners.  He is organist for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin.