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Causey to get honorary degree from seminary

May 05, 2006

C. Harry Causey, founder and music director of the National Christian Choir in Washington, D.C., will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Antietam Biblical Seminary near Hagerstown at its May 20 commencement.

Causey founded the 200-voice choir in 1984 and has been its only music director. He also serves as the choir's executive director.

Causey also is the author of three books - "Open the Doors to Creativity in Worship," "Things They Didn't Tell Me About Being a Minister of Music" and "If Only I Could Read Music," a self-study method book that teaches church choir singers how to read and sing printed music.

Causey hosts a weekly radio program, "Psalm 95," which is carried by more than 300 stations across the nation, Canada and Puerto Rico. In addition, it is picked up by the Armed Forces Radio Network and broadcast to 177 countries on certain holidays. The program, heard each Sunday at 6 p.m. on WCRH in the Williamsport-Hagerstown area, features the choir's music, scripture and commentary.

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A composer who has had more than 100 choral works published, Causey is a graduate of Davidson (N.C.) College and holds a master's degree from Florida State University. He studied choral conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The National Christian Choir offers more than a dozen concerts in the Washington area each year, and has traveled nationally and internationally. For more information, go to nationalchristianchoir.org.

Founded in 1976, Antietam Biblical Seminary is six miles west of Hagerstown.

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