Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond Established

The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson will lead the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Discipleship Ministries. Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, worked with Dotson at Discipleship Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson will lead the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Discipleship Ministries. Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, worked with Dotson at Discipleship Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

When the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson worked with the Rev. Junius Dotson at Discipleship Ministries, he decided to learn to play the piano.

At any time during the day, the piano near her office might ring out.

“It might have been lunchtime,” Wilson remembered. “It might have been 6 o’clock in the evening when some of us were burning the other end of the candle, maybe we would hear the tinkle of the piano.”

It was Dotson, chief executive of Discipleship Ministries, practicing.

“He became a consummate pianist playing blues and jazz and gospel,” Wilson remembered. Although Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, gave Dotson some pointers, he was largely self-taught, she said.

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Source: United Methodist News