When a colleague asked last summer what his favorite scripture was, Bill Brewer, associate professor of Music at Pellissippi State Community College, had an immediate answer: Isaiah 40:31.
He had no idea why she wanted to know. Then, a few months later, Susan Naylor Callaway, a Music adjunct faculty member, surprised him with the news: Daybreak Music, a division of the Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest sheet music publisher in the world, would be publishing her original composition. The music was dedicated to Brewer and two of the college’s student music ensembles, Variations and Concert Chorale.
Brewer said Isaiah 40:31 has inspired him over the years. The verse reads, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
“Callaway’s composition, “We Wait upon the Lord,” is written for four-part choir, piano and flute. The dedication is inside the front cover of the six-page anthem.
“My text writer, John A. Ray, not only used Bill’s favorite verse but also incorporated the rest of the chapter in his lyrics,” said Callaway. “He did a great job capturing the essence of Isaiah 40 within his text.”
According to Brewer, “Susan wanted to honor me and our students by composing something that we could use in our sacred music concert.”
Callaway received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
For more information about Pellissippi State’s Music program, visit pstcc.edu/music or call 865-539-7178.