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Van Gilmer

Van Gilmer PhotoVan Gilmer
IndustryReligion/Music (Choral)
TitleMusic Director
ExpertiseMusic, Music Festivals, Music Composition, Soloist
Current OrganizationNational Spiritual Assembly of the Bahà'ìs of the US
Type of OrganizationAdministrative body for the Bahá'ís of the U.S
Major ProductDirects, coordinates and stimulates the activities of individuals and local Spiritual Assemblies
Area of DistributionNational/International
University/DegreeDegree in Architectural Engineering and voice training under Dr. Howard T. Pearsall, North Carolina A&T State University
BornGreensboro, North Carolina
Honors & AwardsAward the Gold Prize at the Johannes Brahms International Choral Festival in Germany, 2001; Recipient, Best Gospel Song for "My God, My Adored One", Independent Music Awards, 2006; Honored with an invitation from the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. to direct a 200 voice combines choir for their 26th annual concert held at Washington Hebrew Congregation
Published WorksCompositions include- "We Have Come to Sing Praises", "O God, Guide Me", "I'm So Glad", "O Thou Compassionate Lord", "Cause Me to Taste the Divine Sweetness", "He Has Come Back" and "Soon Will All That Dwell on Earth"
Career AccomplishmentsHas led songs at civil rights rallies during his college days in the South; Established the family singing group The Gilmer Family; Has directed the first formal Bahà'ì Gospel Choir at the Second Bahà'ì World Congress at the Jacob Javis Center in New York; Has performed as a soloist with choirs on tours in Russia, India, Europe and the US and has twice appeared at Carnegie Hall
Work History37 years in federal civilian service in a variety of engineering and management positions before retiring in 2004
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