NASHVILLE, TN — Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church has been known for its variety and commitment to excellence in the area of Black Sacred Music for over 127 years. The history of the church’s music ministry has always been lead by incredibly gifted musicians such as Rev. E. W. D. Issacs, Jr, Ms. Birdie Rhea Mosely, Mr. John Woodard, Mr. Floyd Thompson, Prof. James Scandrick, Mrs. Diana K. Poe assisted by Mr. William G. Crimm and Mrs. Nita M. Smith, and currently Mr. Brandon A. Boyd. Under each of these incredible musicians, they music ministry have preserved the spirituals, anthems, traditional and contemporary gospel music.
Brandon A. Boyd
He moved to Nashville as a transfer student from Bethune- Cookman University to attend Tennessee State University. He has served the congregation since August 2006. He remembers going directly to Fifteenth Avenue Baptist on the evening for a choir rehearsal at the church in preparation for their annual “Choir Day” celebrations. Since then, he began serving as the accompanist for each choir and now as the Director of Music Ministries. Boyd has studied conducting with Dr. Jeffery Ames, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University for the past three years in preparation for graduate studies.
He was awarded a full graduate music assistantship and stipend at St. Olaf College/Luther Seminary, Southern Methodist University and Florida State University. He chose The Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, FL to pursue a Master’s in Choral Conducting with Dr. Andre’ Thomas. This has been a dream of Brandon’s since high school.
In response to his success at Fifteenth Avenue he says, “I feel as if I have walked in my calling and I pray that I continue to walk in the path that God has laid ahead for me. I thank Pastor Buchanan for trusting me at such a young age to lead a historic music ministry: It speaks volumes of his leadership and integrity.”
The Music Ministry will celebrate Mr. Boyd’s tenure with a dinner reception on August 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm, exactly six years from his initial visit to the church. During his two-year sabbatical Mrs. Gale Jones Murphy will assume the role as Director of Music. The church invites the community to help to celebrate his tenure as music director. On the following Sunday, August 19th during the 10 am Morning Worship at Fifteenth Avenue there will be a special music presentation offered during the service. Musical selections will be rendered by the combined efforts of Riverside Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church’s Chapel Singer, Brentwood United Methodist Church’s Sound of Joy and Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church’s Sanctuary Choir.
Dr. Roland Carter, professor of music at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Guest conductors will include Dr. Leo Davis, Minister of Music at Mississippi Boulevard, Memphis, Dr. Roland Carter, Professor of Music at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Mrs. Gale Jones Murphy, Minister of Music at Riverside Chapel S.D.A, Ms. Diana Poe and Mrs. Nita Smith, both members of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church’s congregation and conductors in the music ministry.