About David Schwoebel

David Schwoebel (b. 1957) is Minister of Music / Composer in Residence at Derbyshire Baptist Church in Richmond Virginia.  He is a graduate of McKendree College in Lebanon, IL and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Organ Performance, and a Master of Church Music with an emphasis in Composition.  Prior to beginning his ministry at Derbyshire in January 1997, he had served churches in his hometown of Belleville, IL, Montgomery AL, and Atlanta, GA.

As an ordained minister, David administrates and oversees a comprehensive music ministry of six choral organizations, four handbell choirs, and a 32-piece orchestra. His energetic, hands-on approach to ministry finds him working each week with people of all ages, encouraging and equipping them to discover and develop their varied musical talents and skills.

David has served as the Virginia ACDA Music & Worship Chair, Celebrating Grace Handbell Supplemental Music Resource Chair, Musical Arranger for the Celebrating Grace Premiere Concerts, and as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA. Possessing a well-rounded philosophy with a modern approach to traditional music has afforded him the opportunity to address and challenge church musicians around the country on a variety of topics:

 Virginia ACDA, Vienna, VA
Jubilate!, Baylor University, Waco,TX
Carson-Newman College,JeffersonCity,TN
Church Music Explosion, Fort. Lauderdale, FL
Oasis Church Music Conference, Buies Creek, NC
Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Nashville, TN

Polyphony, Fellowship of Baptist Pastoral Musicians, Atlanta, GA
Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, Aiken, SC
Massanetta Springs Church Music Conference, Harrisonburg, VA
United in One Voice Church Music Conference, Mayville, TN
Kentucky ACDA Church Music Workshop, Louisville, KY
National Church Music Conference, Indianapolis, IN
Oregon ACDA, Sacred Music Workshop, Salem OR
Green Lake Baptist Assembly, Green Lake, WI
Church Music Conference, Shreveport, LA
Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO

As a nationally acknowledged composer of over 150+ published works with 16 different publishers in multiple mediums including piano, organ, handbells, and instrumental, as well as choral music for all ages, David regularly composes works for congregations, universities and community choruses:

Choristers Guild, Dallas, TX
Celebrating Grace, Macon, GA
First Baptist Church, Radford, VA

Crewe Baptist Church, Crewe, VA
Furman University, Greenville, SC
First Baptist Church, New Bern, NC
Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
First Baptist Church, Southern Pines, NC
Derbyshire Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
Waynesboro High School, Waynesboro, V
Jonesboro United Methodist Church, Sanford, NC
A & M United Methodist Church, College Station, TX
The Jubalheirs of the GA Baptist Convention, Atlanta, GA
Brentwood, United Methodist Church, Brentwood, TN
Women’s Glee, UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
VA Baptist All-State Choirs, Richmond, VA
The Church of Our Savior, Lafayette, CA
First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC
Central Baptist Church, Newnan, GA
First Baptist Church, Clemson, SC
First Baptist Church, Easley, SC
Henrico County, Richmond, VA

Even though he is a music minister of an active congregation, David is continually invited to serve as a choral clinician and adjudicator for both sacred and secular choral workshops, schools, festivals, and various music publishers’ reading sessions:

Music in the Parks, Doswell, VA
VA Baptist All-State Choirs, Richmond, VA
Texas Conference Choir Camp, Palestine, TX
Green Lake Baptist Assembly, Green Lake, WI
VMEA District I SSAA Chorus, Glen Allen, VA
VMEA District I All-State Adjudicator, Richmond, VA
VMEA District I Workshop Chorus, Mechanicsville, VA
Music in the Valley, sponsored by Shawnee Press, Hanover, PA
VA Baptist Eagle Eyrie State Handbell Festival, Lynchburg, VA
Prince William All-County Middle School Chorus, Woodbridge, VA
Sacred Choral Showcase, sponsored by Ward-Brodt Music, Madison, WI
Gloria Deo!, sponsored by Pine Lake Music, Richmond, VA and Sarasota, FL
Worldstrides-Heritage Music Festivals, Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA
 Composer Weekends in NM, VA, GA, NC, FL, KY, SC, LA, TN, AL, TX, IL,MO
Sacred Choral Showcase, sponsor  JW Pepper, Winston Salem NC, Minneapolis,MN
Music in the Mountains, sponsored by Shawnee Press, East Stroudsburg, PA
Spectrum Reading Session, sponsored by Foxes Music, Falls Church, VA
SC United Methodist Youth Choir Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC
Celebration, sponsored by Hinshaw Music, Chapel Hill, NC
Henrico All-County Middle School Chorus, Richmond, VA
VMEA District VIII SSAA Chorus, Newport News, VA
VA Baptist Sr. Adult Choir Festival, Alexandria, VA
Jubilate!, hosted by Baylor University, Waco, TX
Manassas Community Chorale, Manassas, VA
Saint Gertrude High School, Richmond, VA
Godwin High School, Henrico, VA

With an intuitive love for the piano and possessing an awareness of the momentary musical need, David has been called upon to both concertize and accompany:

First Baptist Church, Radford, VA
Second Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
VMEA District I SSAA Chorus, Mechanicsville, VA

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, Washington, DC
VA Baptist Sr. Adult Choir Festival, Richmond, VA and Newport News, VA
Celebration, sponsored by Hinshaw Music, Chapel Hill, NC

VMEA District I SATB Chorus, Mechanicsville, VA
VA Baptist All-State Choirs, Richmond, VA
Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA
Godwin High School, Henrico, VA

Soli Deo Gloria!, a CD containing 18 of David’s sacred choral selections and piano arrangements, was recorded and released in 2007 with the generous support of Derbyshire Baptist Church. The Latin term Soli Deo Gloria! – Glory to God Alone!, is was what the great composer and church musician, J. S. Bach regularly appended with the initials SDG at the end of his musical scores to signify his deep devotion and desire to serve God through his music. Likewise, David pens the words Soli Deo Gloria! at the end of each of his compositions to acknowledge that his music is a gift from God and strives to use his gift to the glory of God. All CD proceeds go to the Sanctuary Organ Upgrade Fund at Derbyshire.

The MICHELLE hymn tune included in the 1991 Baptist Hymnal is named for David’s wife, Michelle. The BRITTANY, ASHLEY and COURTNEY hymn tunes, named for their three daughters, and the ROSE MARY, HENDRICKS AVENUE, as well as an arrangement of IRBY hymn tunes, are included in the Celebrating Grace Hymnal. The tunes, COURTNEY and ROSE MARY are also included in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.

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