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Tony Payne, D.M.

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Special Programs and Artist Series

On Faculty since 1983
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Dr. Tony Payne, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Arts Events Management at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, General Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series, is also the founder of several global and experiential learning programs. As General Manager of the Artist Series for nearly 40 years, he has brought some of the world’s greatest artists to the campus. 

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.

Tony Payne has taught many courses during his long tenure at the Conservatory and served the Chapel Program as organist and pianist as well. As a lifelong contributor to Christian worship, he has composed and published over 100 psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. He is also a songwriter on a wide array of themes.

A sampling of his recent compositions includes Ordinary Times, on poetry by Miho Nonaka, and Floriography on poetry by Karen Lee.  Recent choral works include an anniversary anthem, Sing, All Creation for Salem United Church of Christ,  I Thirst, a Holy Week anthem. The hymn Great Physician, Tend was composed to commemorate the global pandemic. Dr. Payne has written \ song cycles exploring historical figures: Departures: Four Songs on Texts by Malcolm Muggeridge, Two Songs on Prayers by Father Alexander Men, Lincoln’s Farewell: Four Songs, and The Last Words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is also a contributing author to Where Wisdom May Be Found (Wipf & Stock).

Northwestern University
D.M., Music Composition, 1983

Bowling Green State University
M.M., Music Composition, 1981

Wheaton College
B.M., Music Composition, 1979

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Wheaton College Artist Series offers fresh, exciting concerts for 2016-17 season
Daily Herald online

Tony Payne wants you to get up from the couch, turn off the TV and try a night out doing something new: attending a Wheaton College Artist Series concert.

"You can see anything online, you can hear anything online, but it's not the same thing as listening to it up close and personal," he said.

Payne, who serves as general manager of the artist series, said the set of five performances that will take place in Edman Chapel throughout late 2016 and early 2017 are mostly classical music, mixed with a little bit of jazz, pop, folk, sacred music and dance...

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Want to build interfaith friendships? Here's how music can help
Deseret News online

"It goes back to the Christian scripture. There are references in the Old Testament — most pointedly in the Psalms — about not only singing to the Lord, but singing a new song to the Lord," said Tony Payne, a composer who leads local and global programs for undergraduate music majors at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian school in Illinois. "In the New Testament, you have the apostle Paul referencing singing to one another with psalms and hymns and other spiritual songs."...

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