Phil Hayden, church musician, choir director, and composer, is the minister of music at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, a position he has held since 2006. A 1974 music education graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider College in Princeton, New Jersey, he completed a master's degree in theory and composition at Eastern Kentucky University.
After completing his study at EKU, Hayden started teaching high school music in Gentry, Arkansas. Four years later, he and his wife, Carol Acker, a 1976 Westminster graduate, applied to teach at the Adventist University of Colombia, now Colombia Adventist University, in Medellin. When they arrived in 1983, following two months of intensive study in Spanish, he proceeded to teach all of his classes in that language, an experience that succeeded, he would later claim, because "the students were very polite."
Although his initial assignment was to teach music theory to a handful of music students, within a year he became chair of a program that would grow to include 60 students when he left four years later, in 1988. During his five years at AUC, the school became the first protestant university to gain accreditation in Colombia.
Hayden proved to be an innovator in many ways, one of these being the introduction of handbells at AUC and the establishing of the first ongoing handbell choir in the country. This popular group gained national attention through performances on national television and in concerts at universities. The Haydens and their four children enjoyed their stay in Colombia and left only after it became increasingly dangerous to stay.
They returned to the States for a six-month leave and again applied for another overseas assignment. They moved to Taipei, Taiwan, to help start a music education program at Taiwan Adventist College. Including a year of intensive study of Chinese, the family spent four years at TAC, before returning to the U.S.
After working in Taiwan, Hayden felt impressed to engage in full-time church music ministry. After a year as interim music director at first Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, he became minister of music at New Hope Baptist Church in Raleigh where he served for eleven years, before moving to his present position. During his years in music education and music ministry, he has been active as a composer and arranger and has over thirty published compositions for choir and handbells.
Carol completed a law degree in 2003. The Haydens have four children and three grandchildren.
Sources: Anne M. Sears, "Philip Hayden: Westminster Choir College Alumnus of Note," Westminster Notes, Volume IV, Number 3, Westminster Choir College, The School of Music of Rider College, reprinted with permission in the Autumn 1993 IAMA Notes, 6-9; Email exchanges with Philip Hayden, August 2007; Wtr/Spg Westminster Choir College of Rider College, magazine, Class Notes, 16; Philip Hayden Website Biography (2012), Personal Knowledge.
Music by Phil Hayden
A Selective Listing
All of the following listings are available online, some with MP3 Files:
A Summer's Night, voice with piano, 2 minutes.
Accountability, voice with piano, 2 minutes.
I Care Not For These Ladies, voice with piano, 2 minutes. One of 'Three Elizabethan Songs', this amusing piece with a tart text by Thomas Campion and musical shades of John Dowland is set for baritone voice and piano.
Importune Me No More, voice with piano, 3 minutes.
Little Brown Baby, voice with piano, 4 minutes.
Jump Back, Honey, voice with piano, 2 minutes.
Song of Summer, voice with piano, 4 minutes.
Ere Sleep Comes Down, A song cycle of six titles, __minutes, includes the following:
All People That on Earth Do Dwell, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
As the Deer, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
God Is Our Refuge, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
Let All The World, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
Make a Joyful Noise, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
Sing for Joy to the Lord, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
Sing to the Lord a New Song, Choir (with or without keyboard), 1 minute.
Always a Great Time
Psalm 67, Mixed ensemble, 3 minutes.
Sweet Memories, Solo piano, 2 minutes.
Las Mariposas, Capriccio for Piano, Jazz, 2 minutes.
Sweet Verandas, Suite for piano, intermediate level.
Joy to the World
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, Michael Praetorious, quartet of the same instrument, strings, 2 minutes.
O Come, All Ye Faithful, John Wade, quartet of the same instrument, strings, 2 minutes.
O Little Town of Bethlehem, Lewis Henry Redner, quartet of the same instrument, strings, 3 minutes.
Silent Night, Franz Gruber, quartet of the same instrument, strings, 2 minutes.
Variations on a Familiar Hymn, A challenging and vibrant set of variations on Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' melody, for 3-5 octave handbells, written for the 50th anniversary celebration of music ministry of the North Carolina Baptist Convention, Mixed ensemble, 3 minutes.