Sam Batt Owens
Sam Batt Owens enjoyed a long career as a
well-known organist, composer, and church musician. He died in
April, 1998 in Lousiville, Kent., following his retirement as
Minister of Music at St. Andrew's on-the-Sound in Wilmington,
N.C. Dr. Owens taught at Birmingham Conservatory of Music, Birmingham
Southern College, Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, Grace-St.
Luke's Episcopal School, and Christ School for Boys in Arden,
N.C. He held his fIrst position as an organist at age 12, and
began solo organ performances at age 16. He wrote more than 200
choral, organ, instrumental and solo vocal compositions. In his
later years he was teaching congregations in smaller parishes
how to be full participants in corporate worship, presenting
"music in liturgy and how music upholds and supports corporate
Owens was born in Ashland, Ala., in 1928.
He received a B. Mus. in organ performance, from the Birmingham
Conservatory of Music, a M. Mus. in organ performance and composition
from Birmingham- Southern College, and a D.M.A. in organ performance
and musicology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
He was President of the Association of Anglican Musicians from
1989-1991 and established the AAM Placement Office. He was the
receipient of numerous awards.
the Lord Is Risen (Two-part mixed voices, organ, 405-518)
How Glorious (Sam Batt Owens, Two-part mixed choir, organ,
420-784, Mod. easy)
We, Then, Merrily (SATB and handbells, 405-224)
Bursts Today (Two-part mixed voices, organ, 405-542)
Lord Will Come (SAB and organ, 405-168)