Dr. Frank Garlock is an internationally-known musician, composer, and conductor.
He is recognized in both the sacred and secular fields for music which is of the highest quality. His compositions have been performed around the world by professional choirs and instrumental groups, and his performing ensembles have received recognition from such groups as the Music Educators National Convention and the International Trombone Workshop.
He received his undergraduate training at Bob Jones University and completed his graduate degree at the Eastman School of Music. He has taught at several colleges including Bob Jones University where he founded and directed the thirty-member Trombone Choir, the Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Vesper Choir. He also was the chairman of the Music Theory Department at Bob Jones University, and composed film music in addition to conducting several opera performances.
He founded the sacred music master’s degree program at Pensacola Christian College which trains musicians from all over the world, thereby helping mature musicians to use their talents more effectively wherever they serve.
Dr. Garlock has been a board member of The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center since 1971. He served as the music director in the early years of the camp.
As the founder and president of Majesty Music, Inc., he has developed and directed one of the largest independent publishing companies for church music in the country. Under his leadership, Majesty Music has produced well over 100 recordings and publications for every aspect of church music. Missionaries have translated much of the vocal music into multiple languages, and it ministers to people in every part of the globe. Dr. and Mrs. Garlock have written many songs together, as well as cantatas for Easter, Christmas, and other special holidays.
Dr. Garlock established the Majesty MusiCollege, a seminar program for church musicians that provides musical training in every facet of church music ministries. This seminar reaches over 500 musicians each year.
In 1997, Dr. Garlock produced Majesty Hymns, a hymnal with over 600 hymns, gospel songs, and choruses, with additional medleys, choral descants, and extensive indexes.
He has produced several DVD/video series including The Language of Music, Pop Goes the Music, and The Nature of Music. These series have instructed and ministered to churches, Christian schools, and families around the world.
In 1992, Dr. Garlock co-authored a book with Kurt Woetzel, entitled Music in the Balance. This book has proved to be an important resource that examines what Scripture says about how we are to fulfill the Lord’s admonition to sing a new song to Him.
Dr. Garlock was in Jacmel, Haiti during the devastating earthquake of 2010. He has since written a book entitled Haiti: A Time for Miracles that recounts the many miraculous events that God orchestrated to protect and provide for him and others in the days following the earthquake.
In 2012, he wrote his autobiography, I Being in the Way, the Lord Led Me. As Dr. Garlock meditated on the idea, he realized that the events of his life were not really about him, but about his Savior. From childhood until now, he has joyfully proclaimed Jesus Christ through music and preaching. His prayer is that the book will inspire and encourage readers to use their God-given talents for the Lord.
The Garlocks continue to serve the Lord, traveling to conferences and presenting music seminars in churches and schools. At 83 years of age, Dr. Frank Garlock remains full of energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to his valuable role in the inaugural international hymn sing at the Washington Music Festival on July 26, 2014.