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Izard County Historians to learn about Brockwell Gospel Music School

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Students have been learning about music at the Gospel Music School since the late 1940s. Photo provided by Brockwell Gospel Music School
The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. in the Orgel Mason Memorial Auditorium on the campus of the Brockwell Music School on Highway 9 North at Brockwell, Ark. Members of the Society will join the Izard County Historians for the regular monthly Sunday afternoon singing.

The Historical Society will hold its summer quarterly meeting after the singing.

The guest speaker for the society meeting will be Anna Floyd, Manager of the Brockwell Gospel Music School for the past eleven years.

Floyd earned a BA degree in Music from Oklahoma City University, and is the daughter of the late L. L. Floyd, a founder of the music school.

Floyd will discuss the history of the Izard County Singing Convention, which began in 1910, and the Brockwell Gospel Music School, which was established in 1947.

The music school recently concluded its 65th session on June 22, with a closing program that featured Southern Gospel Music written in the shape note method performed by approximately 125 students who completed vocal, guitar, and piano lessons; music theory; sight reading; ear training; and song directing instructions.

The Izard County based school, one of the few active music schools in the southern states specializing in the shape note method of music writing, is widely known and respected in the gospel music field.

Samuel Floyd Guiltner, President of the Singing Convention, and W. J. "Bud" Cooper, Jr., President of the Historical Society, extend an invitation to the public to attend the free sessions on July 8th on the Brockwell Music School Campus to receive a blessing from the songs and the music and to learn the background of these musical institutions.

Southern Gospel Music has been a family tradition in this area with Sunday singings and dinners-on-the-ground for many years.

Guiltner's grandfather, the late L. L. Floyd, and Cooper's father, the late Jeff Cooper, were two of the founders of the music school, an important institution in the history of the area.

Refreshments will be served after the Historical Meeting.

For more information, contact Guiltner at 870-258-3111 or Cooper at 870-297-8356.

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