Steve Garner, a native of Mobile, Alabama, was graduated with a B.M. in Church Music from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he studied with Josephine D’Arpa. He holds the M.C.M. and D.M.A. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he studied with Frank Stovall. Dr. Garner has served churches in Georgia and Texas as Minister of Music. Before coming to Ouachita, in 1990, he taught at William Carey College and Dallas Baptist University. From 1990-1996, he served as Chairman of the OBU Dept. of Church Music.
He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, entering his students on both a state and regional level. As a frequent soloist with the Hot Springs/Arkadelphia Bach Society Chorus, he has appeared for many years as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He also appeared as a soloist in the Southwest Arkansas Art Council’s televised presentation of Messiah. Other oratorio performances include the Bach St. Matthew Passion,Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Creation.
Conducted works include the Poulenc Gloria, the Prentice Day of Resurrection, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Mendelssohn’s The Conversion of St. Paul, Brahm’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.
He is included in the 1979 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and is the author of two articles for Creator magazine, and a book-in-progress,Clarence Dickinson, Dean of American Church Music.
A frequent recitalist, he has given recitals at Ouachita in 1992, 1994, 1997, and 1999 and 2004. Other recitals have been given at East Texas Baptist University, Louisiana College, William Carey College, and Dallas Baptist University. In the spring of 2006 he appeared in two of Mozart’s oratorio works: his Requiem and the Solemn Verspers of Confession.