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Ed Dunbar

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Chairperson, Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication

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Education

  • DMA, Music , Louisiana State University
  • MMus, Organ Performance, Louisiana State University
  • BMus, Music (Performance), Henderson State University

Courses Taught

About Ed

An Arkansas native, Ed Dunbar has been a member of the faculty at Bob Jones University since 1978 and has served as chairman of the Division of Music since 1981.  An active performer, Dr. Dunbar has presented concerts through this country—including two appearances at Piccolo Spoleto, international arts festival in Charleston, SC—and has served as judge for national, regional, state, and local competitions.  A member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as a faculty member for that organization’s Pipe Organ Encounters.  His students have received numerous awards and scholarships and have earned degrees from prestigious graduate schools and conservatories.

Dr. Dunbar earned the D.M.A. and M.Mus. degrees in Organ Performance from Louisiana State University where he studied with Richard Heschke and Herndon Spillman; his undergraduate degree is from Henderson State University.  He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda, honorary music societies. 

He is organist at Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville where he also serves as a ruling elder.  His wife, Pam, is a member of the voice faculty at BJU, and they have two married daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family (including his granddaughters), trips to the mountains and to the beach.

His teaching philosophy reflects Paul’s statement to the Corinthians:  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31).  This was surely the desire of J. S. Bach when he signed his works with Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory). 

God has given him a ministry of teaching and serving at BJU, and the rewards are innumerable and eternal.  That service allows him to see students grow and mature as they “Build Faith, Challenge Potential and Follow Christ.”