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11.10.14 | Staff News

Welcome Dr. Alan Raines

    We will welcome Dr. Alan Raines as our new Director of Music and Arts beginning January 1, 2015.

    More about Dr. Raines

    • Recipient of the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Conducting at UCLA
    • First American invited to guest conduct the Chonan City Choir and Orchestra in Chonan City, South Korea
    • Conducted the 64-voice, select A Cappella Choir and administrates the large and varied choral program at Baylor
    • Raines is a member of TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda and ACDA
    • Married to Frances
    • Three sons, Lawson, Sanders and Carter

    As we embarked on our search for a new Director of Music and Arts in August I expressed to you my optimism that we would identify and secure the most qualified person to lead HPUMC’s esteemed and vital music department into a second century of excellence by early November. That hope has become reality.

    It is my pleasure to inform you that beginning January 1, 2015, we will welcome Dr. Alan Raines as our new Director of Music and Arts. 

    Having experienced him as a guest conductor and clinician, you are already well aware of Dr. Raines’ outstanding credentials.  He is the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University, responsible for the oversight of more than 400 singers.  Dr. Raines is renowned for his exceptional gifts and expertise throughout the United States and internationally.  By any standard, Dr. Raines is regarded as one of the finest choral conductors anywhere. We are extraordinarily blessed by his decision to join our church family.

    Even more impressive to me than his professional credentials is Alan’s love of ministry in the local church and his passion for growth and discipleship. In addition to his academic accolades, he has served as Director of Music in many churches, including Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta and First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica. At every stop, Alan’s track record for growth and progress has been remarkable. My excitement builds every time I think about the possibilities that exist here under Alan’s vision and leadership. 

    I am thankful to the many who have contributed in making this day possible. The Search Committee, under the leadership of Jack Kinnebrew and Rev. Susan Robb, has worked tirelessly to find the right candidate to bring for recommendation.  The music staff has shouldered extra responsibility while maintaining their constant cheerful countenance. And you, the choir, have exhibited grace and patience for well over a year as we’ve searched for just the right person.

    I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Raines over the coming months with enthusiasm and warmth. I also hope you will join me in thanking Dr. Richard Sparks for serving faithfully throughout this very open-ended position of interim.  Richard has brought not only his own excellent gifts of conducting and voice to the position, he has brought a spirit of grace and professionalism that I have treasured.

    With our centennial approaching, and with the arrival of Dr. Raines, this is a wonderful time to be part of Highland Park United Methodist Church.

    Paul Rasmussen

    Rev. Paul Rasmussen
    Senior Minister
    Highland Park United Methodist Church

    Photo via Baylor University


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