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February 13, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
Joshua Brown - Submitted photo

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

welcomes new music director

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- Holy Trinity Episcopal Church welcomed Joshua R. Brown as its new music director on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Brown "comes with a strong background in both academia and church work," a news release said. As music director, he will play both organ and piano and direct the choir.

Brown and his family live in Arkadelphia, where he is on the faculty of Ouachita Baptist University. His wife, Hillary, is the elementary gifted and talented teacher for Arkadelphia Public Schools. Their 20-month-old daughter, Myra Claire, enjoys reading, singing, and "watching lots of Mickey Mouse," the release said.

Brown joined the faculty at OBU in 2019 and serves as assistant professor of music, director of choral activities and acting chair of the Department of Music Education. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting with a related field in vocal pedagogy from the University of North Texas, a master's degree in Choral Conducting from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Dallas Baptist University.

He formerly was the director of music, choral director, and handbell director at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Hurst, Texas; summer music director (sabbatical substitute), at First Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas; interim music director at First United Methodist Church in Teague, Texas; minister of music at Cockrell Hill Baptist Church, in Dallas, Texas, and as church music intern, youth choir director, and handbell director at First Baptist Church, Duncanville, Texas.

The Rev. Neil Kaminski said he was "delighted to welcome Dr. Brown to Holy Trinity and looked forward to working with him." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Holy Trinity is not meeting in person. Services can be watched as it is livestreamed on Facebook each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It also can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube by accessing Holy Trinity's website, http://www.holytrinityhsv.org.

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