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Lucius Weathersby

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Lucius Richard Weathersby is an assistant professor of music and African World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans. In this position, he teaches piano and lectures in music theory, humanities and African World Studies. Dr. Weathersby holds degrees from Dillard University in New Orleans (BA in Music and German, 1990), University of Northern Iowa (MM in Organ Performance 1992) and the (Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in music 2002) from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH. He has also studied advanced hymnology and religion at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. An Advanced study of the German language and culture took place at the Goethe Institute in Rothenburg, Germany.

For more than five years, Dr. Weathersby was employed full-time as a director of music in two churches. In each of those positions, he founded and managed concert series- First Congregational Concert Series at First Congregational Church in Waterloo, Iowa and The Second Sunday Concert Series at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, Arizona. These concert series continue to feature local, national and international musical figures.

As a concert organist and pianist, each year Dr. Weathersby's concert schedule takes him to Europe, Central America, and many major cities in the United States.

As a conductor, he has conducted orchestral and vocal ensembles. While in Iowa as director of music for First Congregational Church, he conducted members of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. In Phoenix, the sanctuary choir of Church of the Beatitudes performed many classical Masses with members of the Phoenix Symphony. In 1993, he was a guest conductor at the International Dvorak Festival. Dr. Weathersby led The West Union Madrigal Singers in Dvorak's Mass in D. In 1997, he was appointed assistant to Maestro Herriman and the San Marcos Symphony.

He is also in demand as a lecturer on such topics as Afro-American Music, Keyboard Techniques, and The Music of the Baroque. Recently, Dr. Weathersby has lectured at Cambridge University, UK, Yale University, The University of London and for The Utah and Southern Nevada Chapters of the American Guild of Organist.

As a composer, Dr. Weathersby has written numerous compositions. A few representative works are the following: organ and brass - Fanfare 1993, choir - Seven Last Words, 1994(a thirty minute work on the words of Jesus from the cross), chamber orchestra - Suite in d, 1996(a twenty - five minute work in three movements) premiered by members of the Phoenix Symphony, piano - Tranquillity Suite, organ - Spiritual Fantasy (premiered by the composer on January 19, 1997 at the Meyerson Center of the Performing Arts using the C.B. Fisk Organ; as well as other smaller compositions. Iowa Winter Suite, 1999(a work in four movements for organ) premiered by Mr. Anthony Williams in November of 1999.

Curriculum Vitae


Dillard University
San Marcos Symphony
Church of the Beatitudes
Hawkeye Community College
First Congregational Concert Series
First Congregational
Dillard University


Published Musical Compositions

All published by Solid Brass Music Company, CA:

All Published by Voice of the Rockies. Boulder CO

Lectures and Performances

Articles Published in Refereed Journals

World Premieres



To reach the composer:
By telephone: +1-504-816-4813 or +1-504-220-3231
By physical mail: 3443 Esplanade Ave. #441 New Orleans, LA 70119 USA