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Spirited Conversations with Mark Lawson
Join us Monday, June 21 at 12 pm EDT for the next live broadcast of Spirited Conversations: Behind the Scores. Eavesdrop on Atlanta Master Chorale Artistic Director Eric Nelson and Mark Lawson, President of ECS Publishing Group/MorningStar Music as they discuss the intricacies of choral music composition and publishing. The conversation will include Lawson’s insights on what publishers look for when deciding whether to publish a piece of music as well as advice for young composers.

Mark W. Lawson became the owner and president of MorningStar Music Publishers in 1997, and in 2015, he became the owner and president of ECS Publishing Group, parent company for E.C. Schirmer, Galaxy Music Corporation and MorningStar Music Publishers (publisher of Atlanta Master Chorale’s Choral Series).

At ECS Publishing Group, Lawson is responsible for the publication development, strategic focus, and management. As a publisher, he enjoys working with both new as well as established composers. ECS controls the rights to more than 20,000 copyrights and publishes music and books for schools, churches, professional ensembles, and opera companies. Lawson has been active in developing digital delivery methods, strategizing about the development of music web-sites, and has been involved in numerous recording projects. Lawson has developed publishing strategies for Washington National Cathedral, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Presbyterian Association of Church Musicians, Baylor University, the National Lutheran Choir, and Duke University Choir. ECS also has been a consultant on two U.S. Papal visits.

Lawson is actively involved in the National Music Publishers Association, the Church Music Publishers Association, and serves on the board of directors of Chorus America.

This will be a live virtual interview, and guests will have an opportunity for Q&A following the session. The event is free to attend.

Jun 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Mark W. Lawson
President @ECS Publishing Group/MorningStar Music
Mark W. Lawson grew up in Aurora, Missouri, and earned his bachelor of music in education degree from Southwest Baptist University in 1979. He received a master of sacred music degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1981. Lawson served as minister of music at Edmundson Road Baptist Church and Kirkwood Baptist Church in St. Louis before becoming owner and president of MorningStar Music Publishers in 1997. In 2015, he became the owner and president of ECS Publishing Group, parent company for E.C. Schirmer, Galaxy Music Corporation and MorningStar Music Publishers (publisher of Atlanta Master Chorale’s Choral Series). Lawson is actively involved in the National Music Publishers Association, the Church Music Publishers Association, and serves on the board of directors of Chorus America.
Eric Nelson
Artistic Director @Atlanta Master Chorale
Dr. Eric Nelson has served as artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale since 1999. He brings extensive training in voice and choral conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College and Indiana University along with experience conducting choirs and clinics around the world. Dr. Nelson constantly finds effective ways to help celebrate the gift of singing – as he says – “shoulder to shoulder, voice to voice, one voice lost in another, each agreeing upon something beyond themselves.” Dr. Nelson is currently Director of Choral Studies at Emory University, where he is a recent recipient of the distinguished Arts and Humanities Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.