|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1935|
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2001|
Choral music director Dr. Hugh Sanders dies
Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2001
WACO - Dr. Hugh Sanders, distinguished choral music director and retired director of the Church Music Institute at Baylor University, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001. He was 66.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Seventh and James Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco.
Dr. Sanders was born in Floydada and grew up in Portales, N.M., where he graduated from high school in 1953. He earned his bachelor's degree in music education and his master's degree in music in 1959 at Baylor University.
After nearly a decade of teaching in the public school systems of Port Arthur and Pampa, he became director of choral activities at West Texas State University in 1967, while earning his doctorate in musical arts degree in 1970 from the University of Colorado. He was named dean of the WT School of Fine Arts in 1978.
Dr. Sanders joined the Baylor Music faculty in 1984 as the Ben H. Williams Professor in the School of Music. He directed the Baylor A Cappella Choir until 1991, when he was appointed director of the Institute for Church Music and Worship. He also was a co-founder of Alliance Music Publications Inc. in Houston.
Dr. Sanders served as national president of American Choral Directors Association and president of Texas Music Educators Association. He also served as minister of music at First Baptist Church in Canyon for 17 years and Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco for 14 years.
In 1997, the Texas Choral Directors Association recognized him with the Texas Choirmaster Award for his lifetime achievement in choral music. It was only the third time that TCDA had given this award.
Baylor University's Omicron Delta Kappa honored Dr. Sanders as one of the "Baylor Men and Women of Merit," and the University of Colorado College of Music designated him as "Outstanding Alumnus of the College in the Field of Music Education."
Dr. Sanders' choirs at both the high school and university levels were selected to perform at national and international venues. On five separate occasions he prepared and conducted choirs in performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Survivors include his wife, Rinky; a son, Stan Sanders of Dallas; a daughter, Stacie Hendrickson of Arlington; a sister, Rudell Bilderback of Indiana; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Amarillo Globe-News, Sept. 2, 2001
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