GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 9, 2018 ) — Dr. Ed Dunbar, former chairman of the Division of Music at Bob Jones University, was recently recognized by the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Statement of Lifetime Achievement.
During the BJU Symphony Orchestra concert, Dr. Carol Larsen, retired associate dean of the School of Music at LSU, presented Dr. Dunbar with a citation acknowledging him as “a man who embodies what it means to be a scholar, to be an artist, and to be a leader.” The statement also recognized his commitment to his family, faithful involvement in his local church where he serves as organist and to the music community in the Upstate.
“For over forty years, Ed has selflessly served on the music faculty. His work ethic, heart for students, and professionalism have impacted countless students and strengthened our music program,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “This statement is a fitting tribute to an invaluable member of our university family.”
Dunbar earned his DMA and MMus degrees in Organ Performance from LSU where he studied under internationally acclaimed organists, Dr. Richard Heschke and Dr. Herndon Spillman; his undergraduate degree is from Henderson State University.
He has been a member of the faculty at BJU since 1978 and has served as chairman of the Division of Music since 1981. An active performer, he has presented concerts throughout the country—including two appearances at Piccolo Spoleto, international arts festival in Charleston, South Carolina—and has served as judge for national, regional, state, and local competitions.
Dunbar and his wife, Pam, a member of the voice faculty at BJU, have two daughters.