About David Schwoebel

David Schwoebel is Minister of Music / Composer in Residence at Derbyshire Baptist Church in Richmond Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Organ Performance from McKendree College in Lebanon, IL and a Master of Church Music with an emphasis in Composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to beginning his ministry at Derbyshire in January 1997, he had served churches in his hometown of Belleville, IL, as well as Montgomery AL, and Atlanta, GA.As an ordained minister, David administrates and oversees a comprehensive music ministry of nine choral organizations, five handbell choirs, an Orff ensemble, a 28-piece orchestra and brass ensemble. His energetic, hands-on approach to ministry finds him working each week with people of all ages, encouraging and equipping them to discover and develop their varied musical talents and skills.David participated in the development and release of the Celebrating Grace Hymnal as a member of the Supplemental Music Resource Committee and was the musical arranger for March 2010 Premiere Worship Concerts when the hymnal was released in Atlanta, GA. He has also served as Chair of the Virginia ACDA Music & Worship Committee.Possessing a well-rounded philosophy and broad-based practice of church music has afforded David the opportunity to address and challenge church musicians around the country on a variety of topics:

Kentucky ACDA, Louisville, KY
Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN
National Church Music Conference
, Indianapolis, IN
Gloria Deo! Church Music Conference, Richmond, VA
Jubilate ! Church Music Conference, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Church Music Conference , Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO
Church Music Conference, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
Conference for Church Musicians at Green Lake , Green Lake Baptist Assembly, Green Lake, WI
United in One Voice Church Music Conference, Maryville College, Maryville, TN
Church Music Explosion , Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Church Music Conference , First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA
Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, Aiken, SC
Massanetta Springs Church Music Conference , Harrisonburg, VA
Polyphony , Fellowship of Baptist Pastoral Musicians, Atlanta, GA
Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Nashville, TN
Sacred Music Workshop , Oregon ACDA, Salem, OR

As a nationally acknowledged composer of over 200+ published works with 20 different publishers in multiple mediums including piano, organ, handbells, and instrumental, as well as choral music for all ages, David regularly composes works for congregations, universities and community choruses:

Choristers Guild, Dallas, TX
First Baptist Church, Easley, SC
Furman University, Greenville, SC
Crewe Baptist Church, Crewe, VA
Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
The Church of Our Savior, Lafayette, CA
Derbyshire Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
Waynesboro High School, Waynesboro, VA
Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, VA
Brentwood, United Methodist Church, Brentwood, TN
A & M United Methodist Church, College Station, TX
Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
VA Baptist All-State Choirs, Richmond, VA
Georgia Baptist Convention, Atlanta, GA
Central Baptist Church, Newnan, GA
First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC
UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
First Baptist Church, New Bern, NC
First Baptist Church, Radford, VA

Even though he is a music minister of an active congregation, David is continually invited to serve as a choral clinician and adjudicator for both sacred and secular choral workshops, festivals, and various music publishers’ reading sessions:

KentuckyACDA ,Louisville,KY
VMEA District I SSAA Chorus, Richmond, VA
Texas Conference Choir Camp, Palestine, TX
Manassas Community Chorale, Manassas, VA
VMEA District I All-State Adjudicator, Richmond, VA
Sacred Music Workshop, Oregon ACDA, Salem, OR
VMEA District VIII SSAA Chorus, Newport News, VA
VA Baptist Senior Adult Choir Festival, Alexandria, VA
SC United Methodist Youth Choir Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC
Prince William All-County Middle School Chorus, Woodbridge, VA
Heritage Music Festival, Williamsburg and Newport News, VA and Washington, D.C.
Conference for Church Musicians at Green Lake
, Green Lake Baptist Assembly, Green Lake, WI
Sacred Choral Showcase
, sponsored by JW Pepper, Winston-Salem, NC, Minneapolis, MN and Billings, MT
Gloria Deo ! Church Music Conference, sponsored by Pine Lake Music, Richmond, VA and Sarasota, FL
Local church Composer Weekends in NM, VA, GA, NC, FL, KY, SC, LA, TN, AL, TX, IL and MO
Music In the Mountains , sponsored by Shawnee Press, East Stroudsburg, PA
Jubilate! Church Music Conference, hosted by Baylor University, Waco, TX
Spectrum Reading Session
, sponsored by Foxes Music, Falls Church, VA
Sacred Choral Showcase , sponsored by Ward-Brodt Music, Madison, WI
Music In the Valley , sponsored by Shawnee Press, Hanover, PA
Celebration , sponsored by Hinshaw Music, Chapel Hill, NC
Henrico All-County Middle School Chorus, Richmond, VA
VMEA District I Workshop Chorus, Mechanicsville, VA
Oasis Church Music Conference, Buies Creek, NC
Kings Dominion Music Festival, Doswell, VA
Virginia ACDA, Vienna, VA

With an intuitive love for the piano and possessing a keen awareness of singer’s momentary musical need, David has been called upon to both concertize and accompany:

Second Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
VA Baptist Male Chorale, Richmond, VA
VMEA District I SATB Chorus, Mechanicsville, VA
VMEA District I SSAA Chorus, Mechanicsville, VA
Henrico All-County Middle School Chorus, Richmond, VA
, sponsored by Hinshaw Music, Chapel Hill, NC
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, Washington, DC.
VA Baptist Senior Adult Choir Festival, Richmond, VA and Newport News, VA
Springfield Park Elementary School, Glen Allen, VA
Rivers Edge Elementary School, Glen Allen, VA
Short Pump Middle School, Glen Allen, VA
Mills Godwin High School, Richmond, VA
Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA
First Baptist Church, Radford, VA
First Baptist Church, Danville, VA

“‘Soli Deo Gloria! ‘ – The Music of David Schwoebel,” a CD containing 18 sacred choral selections and piano arrangements, was recorded and released in 2007 with the generous support of Derbyshire Baptist Church. The Latin phrase ‘Soli Deo Gloria! – Glory to God Alone!,’ is what the great composer and church musician, J. S. Bach regularly appended with the initials SDG at the end of his musical scores to signify his deep devotion and desire to serve God through his music. Likewise, David pens the words ‘Soli Deo Gloria!’ at the end of each of his compositions to acknowledge that his music is a gift from God and strives to use his gift to the glory of God. All CD proceeds go to the Sanctuary Organ Upgrade Fund at Derbyshire.

The MICHELLE hymn tune included in the 1991 Baptist Hymnal is named for David’s wife, Michelle. The BRITTANY, ASHLEY and COURTNEY hymn tunes, named for their three daughters, and the ROSE MARY, HENDRICKS AVENUE, as well as an arrangement of IRBY hymn tunes, are included in the Celebrating Grace Hymnal.