Conservatory of Music
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Special Programs
On Faculty since 1983
DM, Northwestern University
About Tony Payne
Tony leads local and global programs for 200 music majors in the undergraduate music program at Wheaton College including Arts in London, Music and Ministry in the Great Cities of Europe, Africa Music Education Seminar. During May 2009, Prof. Payne and two Conservatory colleagues led a choir and brass quartet through UK, Russia, Austria and Slovenia, participating in cathedral worship, choir festivals and diverse other ministries. During 2008-09, Dr. Payne celebrated 25 years as General Manager of the highly successful Artist Series at Wheaton College, now in its 60th season.
He holds degrees in music composition from Wheaton College, Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University School of Music.
Recent compositions include Departures: Four Songs on Texts by Malcolm Muggeridge, premiered at the international conference celebrating the British author. And There Was War in Heaven (for choir, organ, brass and handbells) was commissioned in 2006 as part of the dedication ceremonies of St. Michael’s Church in Wheaton. The piece has been subsequently re-orchestrated and performed by the Wheaton College Concert Choir and Symphonic Band and received its first public performance fall, 2008. His Awake! for three sopranos was premiered on the 2007-8 Artist Series at Wheaton College featuring soprano Sylvia McNair and his Conservatory colleagues Carolyn Hart and Sarah Holman. In May, 2008, Two Songs on Prayers by Father Alexander Men for baritone and piano, received its premiere in Novaya Derevnya outside of Moscow where the martyred priest served. Tony Payne’s Of the Father’s Love Begotten was premiered in December, 2008 by Sylvia McNair, the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale and Percussion Ensemble. In February 2009, How Exalted Your Name for choir, brass, timpani and organ, commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the City of Wheaton, IL, received its world premiere with conductor Mary Hopper leading a choir of 250. This performance can be heard on the Wheaton College iTunes U site. And in honor of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Lincoln’s Farewell: Four Songs was performed by the McDonough Choral Society in Illinois, Lincoln’s home state. Prof. Payne is also responsible for Wheaton’s Arts4Ministry program and engages widely in music for Christian worship.