Bachelor of Music, University Arkansas, 1965. Master in Sacred Museum, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1982.
Assistant professor music Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, 1969—1979. Associate professor Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1979—1984, associate dean, since 1984. Served to 1st lieutenant United States Army Reserve, 1965-1973, Korea.
Member of American Guild Organists (associate), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Susan LaMothe, May 20, 1969. Children: Douglas James, Colin Stuart.