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Acclaimed Pianist Huntley Brown Receives Judson Honorary Doctorate

Huntley Brown Receives Award (ELGIN, IL – December 15, 2020)  Judson University’s Board of Trustees awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters to acclaimed pianist Huntley Brown ‘88 during Judson’s 10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 12.

The Rev. Brown, who was ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance International, is a concert pianist and recording artist who performs internationally. Born in Jamaica within a Christian home, Rev. Brown first traveled to the United States to attend Judson University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. He went on to earn a master’s in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.

Rev. Brown’s inspiring piano talents have taken him around the world for performances on TV and radio, and in concert halls throughout Europe, China, South Korea, Russia, South Africa and the Caribbean. In the United States, he has performed from coast to coast, with ministry opportunities at churches of every size and denomination, from the Crystal Cathedral, to Living Word Christian Center, to Willow Creek Community Church, to Big Rock Baptist Church. Huntley was the artist in residence for the Total Living Network in Chicago. He has been associated with evangelists including Jerry and Shirley Rose, Bill Gaither, and Dr. Ralph Bell.

Rev. Brown regularly partners with some of Christianity’s well-known ministries and is the pianist for the Ruth Graham and Friends Ministries. He also plays with the Franklin Graham team and has long been associated with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has served as an artist-in-residence for CTS-TV in Seoul, South Korea, where he was appointed musical ambassador in 2009. He played for thousands at Carnegie Hall as a featured guest pianist in 2011. He received the Top Caribbean Gospel Instrumentalist Award in 2005 and 2005 and was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame in 2010.

Today, Rev. Brown teaches and offers seminars on music and worship for several organizations. He also serves as the artist-in-residence at Judson’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts. At Judson, Brown lectures on trends in global worship, gives master classes in jazz piano and serves as the worship leader for the biannual Judson University cruise event. He has also been instrumental in leading the Judson University Choir on performance tours to his homeland of Jamaica in 2014 and 2016. He and the Judson University Choir toured Europe in 2018.

“Huntley Brown’s incredible musical talent is clearly a rich blessing from God. The way that Huntley has used this blessing to minister to literally thousands of people across the world has magnified God’s gift in a profound way,” said Judson President Gene Crume. “By awarding this honorary degree, Judson’s Board of Trustees is recognizing the many ways that Huntley Brown has used his musical talent to share the Gospel message to shape our.”

Rev. Brown has had leadership roles in many Christian and community organizations, including serving on the boards of Judson University, Covenant Christian School of Aurora, Ill., and the Evangelical Church Alliance International.

Rev. Brown is married to Annette, a fellow Caribbean student he met while earning his master’s degree. They now reside in Aurora, Ill., with their four daughters, Natalie, Natasha, Nicole and Nadia.

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